Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Our next story, from the "Like I Didn't See THAT Coming" department....

Mom sues over son’s problem-ridden execution

I think that the family of David Manning should be on the jury for this one.

12 comments:

Nurse K, Generic ER Nurse said...

So, the lesson is...if you're sentenced to death, do everything you can to desecrate your veins before your sentence is carried out.

Eric Turkewitz said...
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Eric Turkewitz said...

(OK, after setting a record for removed comments due to typos, let's try again...)

No matter how bad the crimes, our nation still has an 8th Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

What, after all, does it say about a society that would permit such conduct? Do we really want to surrender our humanity?

Babs RN said...

Eric, more than one hospital patient has felt like a pincushion due to bad veins. There's always the central line route, I suppose, but many states (including mine) do not allow medical staff to participate in the execution process because it hinders faith in their profession and role within the facility.

Nothing's gonna be perfect. But to consider a bad vein - and even infiltration of KCL as "cruel and unusual"? That's a bit of a stretch there. Sometimes s*** just happens.

Eric Turkewitz said...

But to consider a bad vein - and even infiltration of KCL as "cruel and unusual"? That's a bit of a stretch there.

I think a pretty good argument exists that an 86 minute execution qualifies, regardless of the method that is used.

Joeymom said...

I just keep in mind the cruel and unusual punishment doled out to David Manning... and he didn't commit a crime.

RevMedic said...

EZ-IO. No muss, no fuss, no dishpan hands. That or my old standby - nebulized succinylcholine.

daedalus2u said...

Does Ohio have a victim's compensation law, or a law where a convict forfits profits from any "work" that derives from their crime, such as a book?

If so, it seems that this should apply here. The convict was not a minor. Any "pain and suffering" was his. Any award should go into his estate, and be used to compensate his victims.

Strings said...

Ya know, my girlfriend was recently in for surgery (trach reconstruction). After the procedure (and pretty much every time she's had to have an IV since), they've ended up having problems with her veins...

I gots an idea! How about we just line the bastards up, and administer a .22lr to the skull? be cheaper, and FAR less likely to cause undo suffering...

Ambulance Driver said...

I'm with Revmedic. Use the EZ IO. Flow rates equivalent to a central line, and it's hard to miss a tibia.

And contrary to popular belief, it's not any more painful than an IV.

They'll have to add lidocaine to the cocktail though, because the pressure from the fluid infusion IS painful.

And we wouldn't want them to experience any pain before we, you know, kill them.