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Former nurse guilty of homicide in medication error death

Radonda Vaught booking photo
Radonda Vaught booking photo

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee nurse has been found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the accidental death of a patient because of a medication error.

She was also found guilty of gross neglect of an impaired adult. The jury reached its verdict Friday.

RaDonda Vaught in 2017 injected the paralyzing drug vecuronium into 75-year-old Charlene Murphey instead of using the sedative Versed.

Vaught freely admitted to making several errors with the medication that day, but her defense attorney sought to show that systemic problems at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were at least partly to blame for the error.

The case has fixed the attention of patient safety advocates and nurses’ organizations that are concerned it will make providers reluctant to report errors.

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