Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Unrecognized American Culture: Medical Homicide

An example of how medical personnel kill patients in their care, and their colleagues say nothing, occurred inn Texas. The nurse, Genene Anne Jones, killed up to 46 infants and children. She injected an overdose of either digoxin, heparin, or succinylcholine, that brought about the death of the children.
Jones worked as a licensed vocational nurse in the Pediatric Intensive care unit at the Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio. It was there that statistical records showed an inordinate number of children dying which Jones worked there. To avoid possible litigation from the murders, instead of investigation who was responsible for the deaths, the hospital terminated all of the LVNs, including Jones. To prevent litigation from the priors murders, hospitals gave subsequent employers good references about her, and also destroyed records of her prior activities to avoid being sued.
Upon receiving an acceptable report from Bexar County Hospital, Jones was hired at a nearby pediatric physician's clinic in Kerrville, Texas. Six more children quickly died under suspicious circumstances. The doctor at that clinic discovered puncture marks in a bottle of succinylcholine in the drug storage. Only that doctor and Jones had access to it.
Upon having the contents of the apparently succinylcholine bottle, it was found to be diluted with water. Jones was then charged with the murders of six children at that clinic. Upon being found guilty, she was sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing one patient,15-month-old Chelsea McClellan with succinylcholine. Later that year, she was sentenced to a concurrent term of 60 years in prison for nearly killing another patient, Rolando Jones. with heparin.
Jones later used the excuse that she was acting in the best interests of her patients, that she killed, in order to justify the need for a pediatric intensive-care unit in Kerrville. Because of a Texas law, Jones will be released in 2017.

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