Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Daniela Poggiali

Italian nurse, Daniela Poggiali, alledgedly killed as many as 38 patients because 'she found them annoying'.

She was arrested by officers in Lugo, northern Italy, after the unexpected death of a 78-year-old patient who was admitted with a routine illness. They have widened their inquiry to include 38 deaths, including ten which have been described as 'very suspicious'.

One report by the Central European news agency said she was accused of giving her patients high doses of potassium because she found them or their families annoying.

A staff member said Poggiali asked to have her photo taken next to a patient who had just died. Another reportedly accused the 42-year-old nurse of 'joking' about giving a high dose of potassium to a seriously ill patient.

The inquiry was triggered by the death in April of 78-year-old Rosa Calderoni. Tests indicated the pensioner had unusual amounts of potassium chloride in her bloodstream - high doses of which can trigger cardiac arrest. It is used as part of the death penalty in the U.S.

But prosecutors admit there are 'insurmountable difficulties' with their investigation because potassium fades from the bloodstream within a few days, making it hard to detect.

Poggiali was 'unperturbed' when she was arrested in the last few days. In local reports, one nurse who worked with Poggiali described her as a 'cold person but always eager to work'.

Another claimed she had once given powerful laxatives to patients towards the end of her shift to 'embarrass' colleagues working on the shift after her.