Doctor charged with manslaughter for giving patient a lethal dose of adrenaline 10 years ago

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 15 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b154
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A doctor who gave a fatal dose of adrenaline to a patient who was in septic shock is standing trial for manslaughter more than 10 years after the death.

    Priya Ramnath, aged 40, who moved to the United States soon after the incident, returned voluntarily to face trial after moves to extradite her. She denies the manslaughter of Patricia Leighton, aged 51, by gross negligence in July 1998.

    Dr Ramnath was a registrar in the intensive therapy unit at Stafford General Hospital, when Mrs Leighton, who had arthritis, was admitted with septic shock. A wound on a bunion on her foot had become infected …

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