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A method of capital punishment by a combination of medications, typically, a sedative, a paralytic agent, an analgesic agent, and a fatal dose of potassium. Unlike other forms of execution (such as electrocution or the gas chamber), lethal injection is the only method that relies upon the direct participation of health care professionals. Some professional organizations (such as the American Medical Association) and several state boards with oversight over health care practic, have questioned whether the participation of health care professionals in lethal injection is appropriate, legal, or moral.
See also: injection
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lethal injectionAn increasingly widely-used method of execution of condemned criminals using thiopentone followed by pancuronium and potassium chloride. Since the method involves intravenous skills rarely available to non-medical people, doctors are commonly asked to advise or even participate-which few, if any, can contemplate without revulsion. The movement against lethal injection is gaining momentum.
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