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The family of an American man who died after he was accidentally given a medicine used in executions is suing the hospital.
Media outlets have questioned why the hospital stores its Pancuronium next to drugs for minor ailments like stomach aches.
Pancuronium is used with general anaesthesia in surgery for muscle relaxation and as an aid to intubation or ventilation. It does not have sedative or analgesic effects.
Side-effects include moderately raised heart rate and thereby arterial pressure and cardiac output, excessive salivation, apnea and respiratory depression, rashes, flushing, and sweating. The muscular relaxation can be dangerous in the seriously ill and it can accumulate leading to extended weakness. Pancuronium is not preferable in long-term use in ICU-ventilated patients.
Originally posted by princeofpeace
Because Pancuronium has other uses than as an executant?
The wrath of ATS nurses may be about to descend on you.
Originally posted by Biigs
Drugs dont kill people.
The nurse who made the fatal error was fined $2,700 and forced to undergo retraining after an internal review found the nurse on duty didn't read the label on the medicine, failed to scan it and failed to scan Mr Smith's patient ID bracelet.
Originally posted by MrWendal
This guy's life was only worth $2,700? Really? What good does retraining this Nurse do if she decides to not follow procedure anyway?
maybe people will trust doctors more onece they stop PRACTICING medicine and actually do it