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

(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.

In this April 15, 2008, file photo, the gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla.
In this April 15, 2008, file photo, the gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla.   (Anonymous)
This June 29, 2011, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Clayton Lockett, whose execution is being investigated.
This June 29, 2011, file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, shows Clayton Lockett, whose execution is being investigated.   (Uncredited)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
25%
4%
35%
8%
4%
24%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   HitFix   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   CollegeHumor   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!