Government to introduce safer administration of cancer drugs after fatal error

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1013
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Fail-safe systems to rule out the chances of fatal errors in spinal injections are expected to be introduced throughout the NHS after a coroner's verdict of accidental death last week on an 18 year old patient with leukaemia.

    Wayne Jowett, an apprentice mechanic, died last February at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, after the cytotoxic drug vincristine, intended for intravenous injection, was instead injected into his spine.

    The coroner, Nigel Chapman, was told that 14 patients had died or been left paralysed as a result of similar errors …

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