In the news: Charges dropped against nurse accused of involvement in death of patient

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, June 28, 2010

In 2007, nurse Lorie Hentges was accused of killing 72-year-old Alvin Flamembaum, a patient in the cardio thoracic ICU at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, where she worked. On June 21, three years later, a Superior Court judge in Monmouth County (NJ) dismissed the murder indictment against her. The prosecutor said he could not prove beyond "a reasonable doubt" that Hentges administered lethal doses of a paralytic drug to the patient.

Hentges was reported to have been seen in Flamembaum’s room shortly before his death, even though she was not his nurse. The autopsy found the presence of a paralytic drug that would not have been administered for congestive heart failure. However, further investigation revealed other details that cast doubt on initial findings and evidence.


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