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Grandfather, 79, dies after nurse gives him execution drug rather than over-the-counter medicine
Daily Mail ^ | 11/17/11 | Paul Thompson and Mark Duell

Posted on 11/20/2011 11:52:43 PM PST by LibWhacker

A 79-year-old man died after a nurse mistakenly gave him a drug used in state executions rather than an over-counter medicine.

Richard Smith was admitted to hospital in Miami, Florida, after complaining of stomach pains and shortness of breath.

The former teacher was prescribed Pepcid, an over-the-counter antacid, to try and cure the problem. Dead: Richard Smith, 79, was admitted to hospital in Miami, Florida, after complaining of stomach pains and shortness of breath

Dead: Richard Smith, 79, was admitted to hospital in Miami, Florida, after complaining of stomach pains and shortness of breath

But nurse Uvo Ologboride picked up a vial of Pancuronium from a locked drug cart and injected it into the former teacher's IV tube.

The drug is given to death row inmates being put to death.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: execution; florida; grandfather; nurse; pancuronium
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I'm sorry if this story has already been posted. Seems like the kind of story that would've been but I'll be darn if I can find it.
1 posted on 11/20/2011 11:52:50 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Nurse Uvo Ologboride - Must be one of those blond haired green eyed Irish lasses.


2 posted on 11/20/2011 11:58:20 PM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: LibWhacker

The nurse was just getting an early start on Obamacare.


3 posted on 11/21/2011 12:01:00 AM PST by mkmensinger
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To: LibWhacker
Injected Pancuronium bromide into an IV? And the guy was able to complain about stomach paina nd shortness of breath? ... Something is not right about this story. And what the heck was this drug doing on the nurses cart? Was she about to tube someone?
4 posted on 11/21/2011 12:01:32 AM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they cannot be deceived, it's impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: LibWhacker

It cured the stomach problem.


5 posted on 11/21/2011 12:02:34 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: LibWhacker
OMG. Prescribed an over the counter drug and she goes to the locked cabinet. Can Uvo Ologboride read/understand English? What is a death row drug doing in a hospital?
6 posted on 11/21/2011 12:05:09 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: count-your-change
It cured the stomach problem.

I hear it's contagious - now the nurse has it along with a major headache.
7 posted on 11/21/2011 12:08:49 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: LibWhacker

I’d really like to hear one good reason why Pancuronium is in a hospital and how such a mistake could possibly be made. I hate the sound of this. I lost my dad last year, hours after a fairly routine trip to the hospital for nerve pain and it still haunts me. I fear for our seniors and what “health care” will mean to them in the days ahead. I pray those days haven’t already arrived.


8 posted on 11/21/2011 12:17:54 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

The drug can be used in surgery, but apparently it takes a very long time to wear off.


9 posted on 11/21/2011 12:19:51 AM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: count-your-change

I take that back. Amazingly the nurse was only fined $2,800, reprimanded and had to attend a re-training course.

What a nice family he had and married 55 years. What sorrow they had to endure because of the nurse’s careless work which turned deadly and their consequence is only a slap on the hand. Obamacare must be in full swing in FL.


10 posted on 11/21/2011 12:21:05 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

What’s the nurse say for herself? It’s not the medicine that counts, it’s all in the execution!


11 posted on 11/21/2011 12:21:48 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

The bottles looked similar was her answer. But she failed to do any scanning of patient’s hospital tag and medication. She screwed up big in spite of safeguard procedures, IMO.


12 posted on 11/21/2011 12:26:08 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

Famotidine (Pepcid) is available injectable and used to prevent ulcers in the hospital. Not sure how she could confuse that with pancuronium. Not even close to the same names.


13 posted on 11/21/2011 12:35:12 AM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: boop

“The nurse said the package looked the same”.


14 posted on 11/21/2011 12:42:06 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: LukeL

Okay, that makes more sense. It’s a muscle relaxant that happens to be used in the second phase of the lethal injection process. At least the stuff belongs in a hospital.

How this woman confused it with OTC Pepsid is still completely bizarre.


15 posted on 11/21/2011 12:57:02 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

These things happen all the time, it is just that usually it is a harmless mistake and not a lethal one.


16 posted on 11/21/2011 1:04:09 AM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: presently no screen name

But the words look quite different! What an excuse!!!


17 posted on 11/21/2011 1:20:31 AM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: LukeL

Just imagine the coming lawsuit.
Their insurance company better have deep pockets.


18 posted on 11/21/2011 1:34:57 AM PST by AlexW
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To: presently no screen name
What is a death row drug doing in a hospital?

It has specific, legitimate hospital uses in some CRITICAL CARE cases, and requires the concurrent use of a mechanical ventilator. Calling it a "death row drug" is just British sensationalism.

Potassium chloride is (or was) also used on death rows, so could be called a "death row drug" too; but it would be hard to operate a modern hospital without it.

19 posted on 11/21/2011 1:39:07 AM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: LibWhacker

Two points:
1. I give pancuronium for a living. The top of the vial says something like (can’t remember exact words) “warning: paralytic”

2. When you start hiring people for whom English is a second language, this sort of stuff happens. I’m going out on a limb here, but I’ll assume from this nurse’s name, he/she is not a native-born American.


20 posted on 11/21/2011 1:41:00 AM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: LibWhacker

Dreadful. RIP.


21 posted on 11/21/2011 1:48:56 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: LibWhacker

Pardon my lack of medical background here, but if Pancuronium is the drug for lethal injections, WTH was that nurse thinking, if killing the patient WASN`T intent???


22 posted on 11/21/2011 2:16:53 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: LibWhacker

Stay tuned for the lawsuit. It`ll be a big one.


23 posted on 11/21/2011 2:18:44 AM PST by ScottinVA (I miss America.)
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To: presently no screen name

English is her second language. Sometimes we assume refugees are ready to do any job, when the language they speak at home is not English. Mexicans sometimes come up who don’t even speak Spanish.


24 posted on 11/21/2011 2:21:30 AM PST by steve8714 (Where there were two, now there's only me. When will I laugh again?)
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To: surroundedbyblue
not a native-born American.

The story said it was in UK

25 posted on 11/21/2011 2:23:26 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: presently no screen name

Her mistake with it’s fatal outcome is, sadly, far from rare.


26 posted on 11/21/2011 2:32:15 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Dan(9698)

No, the story said it was in Miami.


27 posted on 11/21/2011 2:43:49 AM PST by PalmettoMason ("The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.")
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To: LibWhacker

I am terribly allergic to traditional medical treatment, facilities, personnel. I will die due to my own incompetence in dealing with as issue on MY BODY, which I know well... NOT the incompetence of others


28 posted on 11/21/2011 2:44:48 AM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: Dan(9698)

You don’t read english well yourself since it says Miami, Florida three times in the excerpt alone.


29 posted on 11/21/2011 2:47:15 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: LibWhacker
Nursing 101: If a patient has stomach pains, find some medicine in a kind of bottle with blue stripes on it, and inject it into the patient's IV.

What? You thought medicine was some sort of science?

30 posted on 11/21/2011 2:53:57 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Roll the stone away, Let the guilty pay, It's Independence Day)
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To: LibWhacker

Do not go to the hospital if at all avoidable, especially on weekends and holidays when most of the medical staff and nurses are from non-English-speaking countries.

Bad things happen when your caregivers cannot read English.


31 posted on 11/21/2011 3:06:18 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: LibWhacker

Before we go on; exactly why was the nurse in possession of an execution drug?


32 posted on 11/21/2011 3:06:54 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Dan(9698)

It couldn’t have been the UK. If it was, the guy would still be alive and waiting to be admitted to the hospital.


33 posted on 11/21/2011 3:20:44 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
At least the stuff belongs in a hospital.

Unlike a certain member of the staff...

34 posted on 11/21/2011 3:20:55 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: LibWhacker

This like taking your car to [Kwicky] Lube for an oil change and having them wreck the engine. It’s called iatrogenic disease.


35 posted on 11/21/2011 3:24:24 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Hospitals must have changed dramatically since my Mom had been a nurse. One nurse was assigned the “key” to the drug box. If any nurse got an order for a medication, TWO nurses had to take the medicine out, check it and document it. If the “key” nurse was given an order, she still needed a second nurse to check the order, and document it. This was done so mistakes would be reduced or eliminated AND so no one nurse “helped” herself to what was in the drug box. Either this policy is no longer in use OR this nurse didn’t follow protocol.


36 posted on 11/21/2011 3:25:34 AM PST by momtothree
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To: skr

Excuse indeed. Can’t believe the nurse got off that easy.


37 posted on 11/21/2011 3:39:07 AM PST by presently no screen name
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Can’t believe the nurse got off that easy.

The guy was old and not likely to live much longer anyway.

If Obamacare was fully implemented, this nurse would have gotten a bonus for saving the government money.

38 posted on 11/21/2011 3:49:12 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: ApplegateRanch
It has specific, legitimate hospital uses in some CRITICAL CARE cases

Thanks. So it has no need to be on a nurses cart.
39 posted on 11/21/2011 3:56:00 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: steve8714

I believe the language was the problem here but certainly not the only problem. The nurse didn’t follow the scanning procedures that would have prevented any error in giving wrong meds to a patient.


40 posted on 11/21/2011 3:59:53 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: count-your-change

I don’t want to know that but seeing the light consequences the nurse received, it certainly seems to be the case.


41 posted on 11/21/2011 4:02:11 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: boop; All

Uvo Ologboride also seems to be a chairman of the ICARE Healthnetwork down in Florida from some google runs I did of his name. Other sources have him as male and from West Africa. Uvo’s name comes up a lot and I know there can’t be that many guys from Africa or Haiti named Uvo Ologboride based in Florida. One posting shows a certain Uvo Ologboride criticising Atheists for not believing in God on one forum. He could be Haitian, too I guess.

Political correctness allowing such a person to pay a fine and continue working as an RN? Something is really stinking here!

And I am an RN and my corporation takes a really dim view about such basic mistakes. Calculation errors can be trick to place blame on because a lot of times the Pharmacies mix the drugs and if mislabeling occurs, what’s the nurse to do?

Yet, such a basic rooky mistake such as not recognizing famotidine(pepcid) from Pancuronium will get you thrown out of nursing school and would get me fired! I’ve given Pancuronium as a process in in rapid intubation of patients. Heck their starting letters “f” and “p” are not even close to each other. Totally brainless! Or is something more darker at work...run some Googles on his name. A name like Uvo Ologboride can not be too common; yet there are lots of entries with his name!


42 posted on 11/21/2011 4:10:19 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make mankind into God but to put God into men!)
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To: Dan(9698)

It happened in Florida but was reported in the UK. Political correctness seems to be keeping it from being a story. By the way, there is a copy of the Board of nursing Judgment on line...it’s date June 26/2011. So this story has been percolating for a while...just not in the US!


43 posted on 11/21/2011 4:12:55 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Christ came not to make mankind into God but to put God into men!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks LibWhacker.


44 posted on 11/21/2011 4:13:37 AM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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We used it in the neonatal intensive care unit so the premature babies would not fight the ventilator. It was the only way to keep them oxygenated if they were critically ill. It was most definitely on the med cart and we all had access to it.


45 posted on 11/21/2011 4:14:30 AM PST by Wage Slave (Army Mom!)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
It probably has a purpose in the proper amounts. There are a lot of toxic drugs which are fatal if not given in the correct way!!
46 posted on 11/21/2011 4:16:05 AM PST by ontap
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

Its a muscle relaxant. Hospitals carry many drugs which will kill you if administered incorrectly.


47 posted on 11/21/2011 4:22:22 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Dan(9698)

Many of us have discovered that you need to read foreign newspapers to find out what is going on in America...


48 posted on 11/21/2011 4:22:44 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I have a brother-in-law who took his truck to Grease and Go for an oil change. They replaced the oil with anti freeze (new employee). They wanted to just overhaul the engine but he got a new engine out of the deal. Took him a year though
49 posted on 11/21/2011 4:25:35 AM PST by ontap
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To: MHGinTN

The complaint of pain and shortness of breath was the cause for the hospitalization. Then the pancuronium.


50 posted on 11/21/2011 4:35:26 AM PST by healy61
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