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Attorney of nurse on trial over patient's death blames hospital's computer system

Nurses Error Tennessee
Stephanie Amador
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Pool /AP
RaDonda Vaught, a former Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurse charged with in the death of a patient, listens to the opening statements during her trial at Justice A.A. Birch Building in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

The prosecutor told the jury that RaDonda Vaught ignored warning labels on the medication, but the defense says a new electronic records system led to delays and often forced nurses to override the system,

The attorney for a former Tennessee nurse on trial in the death of a patient accidentally injected with a paralyzing drug told jurors the woman is being blamed for systemic problems at the medical center where she had worked.

Former nurse RaDonda Vaught is charged with reckless homicide for accidentally administering the paralyzing drug vecuronium to 75-year-old Charlene Murphey instead of a sedative in December 2017.

Vaught admitted the error as soon as she realized it, and the state medical board initially took no action against her.

Prosecutors say Vaught made multiple errors the day of the injection and “recklessly ignored” her training and was negligent.

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