Ted Strickland has placed a halt on any further executions in the state of Ohio pending a full review of the state's lethal injection process. As you may recall, I wrote about the botched execution of convicted murderer Romell Broom last month. Broom has terrible veins and no one was able to establish IV access for the administration of the lethal drug cocktail. After jabbing him for 2 hours, the execution was aborted. For now, all further executions are on hold until the state clarifies how it will handle future access problems.
What the hell is the plan? Is there an ongoing search for an ace IV access professional right now? Are there ads on Craigslist and Monster.com and MDSearch.com?
"Seeking professional vascular access practitioner, qualified and adept in the art of placing temporary vascular access catheters. Must be comfortable performing for a live audience who watch from behind bullet proof glass. Past experience in palliative care and end-of-life management helpful. Leather executioner's hood provided free of charge. Hippocratic oath optional. Would be a government employee. Full benefits included in salary."