NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee's sister, accused of reckless murder, after a medical mistake kills a patient, is found guilty in a court in Nashville, gathered with other nurses who came in brushwood to show their support.
The mistake happened at the University Medical Center in Vanderbilt in December 2017 when RaDonda Vaught injected the 75-year-old Charlene Murphey with the paralytic vecuronium instead of the sedative Versed.
35-year-old Vaught could not find Versed in an automatic Cabinet mode, so she used a revocation mechanism to introduce "VE", then chose the first medication that appeared, according to court documents and a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In a speech to reporters after a hearing on Wednesday, Vaught's lawyer, Peter Strianse, called the criminal charge against the sister "totally incomprehensible." He noted that the State Council of Nurses had not taken any action against the license of Vaught's medical staff, who is still active. a crime for something that is nothing but a mistake, "said String.
Vaught did not want to discuss the case, but she and a few other sisters laughed as she spoke of the "enormous" support she received.
"I am very grateful to have chosen a profession with such generous, loving people," Vauch said. Online supporters have donated more than $ 72,000 to their statutory accounts.
Jenny Harvey Garner manages the online advocacy organization for nurses Show me the stethoscope. She organized Vaught's support and arrived from St. Louis for a hearing.
Garner said medication mistakes happen all the time, but the public does not usually know about them. And she said the nurses did not accept the mistakes slightly.
"RaDonda needs to wake up every day and think about what has happened," Garner said. "I, in the beginning of my career, made a small mistake, no one was injured, but every time I think about it, I sweat."
Garner said Murphy's death was terrible and tragic. But she fears that Vaught's prosecutor's office will ultimately harm patient safety.
"This will make people die because people will not go out with their mistakes," Garner said.
The district prosecutor's office in Nashville refused to talk about the decision to raise the Vaught accusation, but a spokesman sent reporters a document indicating the definition of "reckless" in Tennessee code.
He states, in part, that behavior is considered reckless when one neglects significant risk in a way that "
The nurse Margaret McBride was at the hearing Wednesday to support Vague and said she had worked with her in another hospital for about a year. "" She's an amazing, compassionate, caring sister, "McBride said." Families love her. Other sisters love her. "
This story has been edited to correct the writing of the first name of the Rondon's nurse and to correct the charge of reckless murder