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Q&A: What the Vaught case means for healthcare

Patient Safety Monitor Journal spoke with Kurt Patton, MS, RPh, pharmacist, founder of Patton Healthcare Consulting, and former director of accreditation services for The Joint Commission about the impact that the conviction of RaDonda Vaught will have on healthcare.

On March 25, Vaught was convicted of gross neglect of an impaired adult and negligent homicide after mistakenly giving an elderly patient a paralyzing medication instead of a sedative, resulting in the patient’s death in 2017. The case has gained national attention, and many fear what effect criminalizing medical errors will have.

Update: On May 13, Vaught was sentenced to three years probation 

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