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Canada: systematic failures let killer ex-nurse keep killing

Posted at 10:15 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 13:15:38-04

WOODSTOCK, Ontario (AP) — A commission examining the case of a former nurse in Canada who killed eight nursing home residents says systemic failures in long-term care allowed Elizabeth Wettlaufer to carry out her crimes without raising suspicion.

Wettlaufer is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in 2017 to killing the patients with insulin overdoses and attempting to kill four others.

In a report released Wednesday, the commission said the failures in long-term care stem in part from a lack of awareness about the risk of staff members deliberately harming patients.

The commission’s report laid out 91 recommendations aimed at preventing such crimes, including measures to raise awareness of serial killers in health care and to make it harder for staff members to divert medication.