lethal injection


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lethal injection

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

lethal injection

An 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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'It doesn't matter probably but we are civilized people here, probably lethal injection would suffice,' Albayalde said in an interview with ANC.
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Before lethal injection, most states used electrocution as their primary means of capital punishment.
Ray argues a team of trained marksmen is faster and more humane than the drawn-out deaths involved when lethal injections go awry -- or even if they go as planned.
Like many other US states, Utah is having trouble finding lethal injection drugs as part of its preferred method of executing death row inmates.
Coleman became the ninth convicted killer and second woman to receive lethal injection in Texas this year.
Mary Fallin promised to find out exactly what went wrong with Lockett's lethal injection and in the meantime suspended further executions.
On April 29, an Oklahoma death row inmate given a lethal injection appeared to suffer for an extended period of time until finally dying of a heart attack.
Rees, a 2008 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, sets the standard for a lethal injection protocol that aligns with the Eighth Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause.