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Nurse’s baby death conviction confirmed

Sweden's Supreme Court has convicted a nurse from Kalmar of manslaughter after a baby died when she gave it the wrong medicine.

The verdict confirms a ruling in the appeal court. The woman has been given a suspended sentence and fined 50 days’ salary.

The incident occurred in 2002, when she mixed up two bottles of antispasmodic medicine, resulting in the child receiving more than ten times the normal dose.

The court ruled that while there were serious failings in the hospitals routines, these did not limit the nurse’s own responsibility.

The nurse made a mistake, either reading, seeing, or measuring incorrectly when she mixed the medicine, in a situation where a potent pharmaceutical was being administered to a baby. Such a situation requires consideration, control and attention, the court wrote in its judgment.

The court said it could not take into consideration the fact that there is a special disciplinary procedure for healthcare professionals.

The healthcare workers’ union (Vårdfacket) had criticized the fact that the nurse’s case was being heard by criminal courts rather than by the Medical Responsibility Board.

TT/The Local

TT/The Local

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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