Nurse charged in deadly drug-swap error pleads not guilty

NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – A Tennessee nurse charged with reckless homicide after a medication error killed a patient has pleaded not guilty.

The Nashville courtroom on Wednesday was filled with nurses in scrubs who came to support RaDonda Vaught during the short session. They also have a rally around her online, where she spent more than $72,000 for its legal costs.

According to a report on the accident, Vaught accidentally injected 75-year-old Charlene Murphey with the paralytic vecuronium in December 2017 instead of the sedative at Home.

The error came when the 35-year-old Vaught could not find at Home, in an automated dispensing cabinet and used a transfer. Then she typed in “FIVE” and grabbed the first drug that came.

After the hearing, Vaught’s lawyer called the charges against the nurse “fully understand.”


This story has been edited to correct the spelling of the nurse’s first name RaDonda and to correct the cost for reckless murder.

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