Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Executions on Hold

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."

8 comments:

Frank Drackman said...

Wonder if anyone tried the "Main" vein??? After adequate local anesthesia of course, the condemned mustn't feel any discomfort like his victims did...
Not sayin I'm good, but I've never been unable to establish IV access. OK, sure, you might not be able to find the patient under the discarded IV wrappers but...
Be honest Buckeye, did you ever say....
"You're gonna feel a little Prick" before jabbin someone???

I did, good thing they didn't understand English...

Whatever happened to Ohio's Electric Chair??? Might wanta use it to put some life into that Ohio State team...

Frank

Bob Mulcahy said...

If you did a subclavian stick and got good access but knocked down the lung would the execution have to be delayed until the pneumothorax was treated and resolved? That's a potentially life threatening complication.
Is sterile procedure needed to prevent infection?
Do the job benefits include malpractice coverage in case there's a ...um, how should I say...bad outcome?

OHN said...

Would the malpractice coverage be in place in case the patient lived?

radinc said...

just do a femoral and be done with it

later,
radinc

ParatrooperJJ said...

Are there any Ohio medical field licensing boards that actually let their members participate in executions?

Frank Drackman said...

Only pre-natal executions...

Wardoc said...

The solution is intraosseous access with a local or regional block to prevent unneccesary suffering.

Guiac said...

If we really want it to be painless why don't we just load them up on barbs, opiates, and alcohol and just let em stop breathing?