Nurse Convicted Of Manslaughter
A Nurse from Kalmar has been convicted by Sweden’s Supreme Court of manslaughter after a baby died when she gave it the wrong medicine. The verdict confirmed a ruling in the appeal court.
The incident occurred in 2002 when the nurse mixed up two bottles of antispasmodic medicine, resulting in the child receiving more than ten times the normal dose. The court ruled that while there were serious failings in the hospital’s routines, these did not limit the nurses own responsibility. The healthcare workers’ union had criticized the fact that the nurse’s case was being heard by criminal courts rather than by the medical responsibility board. The woman was given a suspended sentence and fined 50 days salary.