IV Line in Botched Execution Wasn't Properly Monitored: Report

Intravenous line in Clayton Lockett's groin caused problems, review says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2014 11:11 AM CDT
In this April 15, 2008, file photo, the gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla.   (Anonymous)
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(Newser) – A review of a botched Oklahoma execution in April says an improperly monitored IV line likely caused problems in administering three lethal drugs. The report released today by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety noted that a paramedic and physician inserted the intravenous line in Clayton Lockett's groin after failing to find a suitable vein in his arms, legs, neck, or feet. The report says the IV site was covered with a sheet and not monitored until the physician saw swelling larger than a golf ball. Lockett's troubled execution led Oklahoma's governor to issue a moratorium on all executions until the review is complete. The review also recommends more training for prison staff and medical professionals involved in executions. (Read more Oklahoma execution stories.)

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