A nurse in Japan says she sped up the deaths of at least 20 patients to avoid having to tell families that their loved ones died while she was working…..
Ayumi Kuboki was arrested for the death of Sozo Nishikawa, 88, who was poisoned in 2016 with an antiseptic at Oguchi Hospital.
According to the two Japanese news outlets, Kuboki told investigators that informing families of a patient’s death was a burden, and a task reserved for the nurse on duty.
In order to avoid the responsibility, Kuboki said she targeted patients near death so that they would die at a time when another nurse would have to tell the family.
Police believe Kuboki may have targeted patients who were not near death, too.
Nishikawa died on Septemeber 18, 2016, from what doctors initially ruled as natural causes. Two days later, his hospital roommate Nobuo Yamaki, 88, also died.
Another nurse noticed bubbles in Yamaki’s intravenous drip bag. An autopsy found high levels of an benzalkonium chloride, a disinfectant, in his body.
Police then began investigating Nishikawa’s death, who they then determined died of poisoning from the same antiseptic. At least two other patients were found with benzalkonium chloride in their bodies around the time of their death, The Asahi Shimbun reported.
At least 48 patients died at the Yokohama hospital in a three-month span ending in September 2016, when authorities began investigating Nishikawa’s and Yamaki’s deaths.
Kuboki initially denied the killings. Police initially suspected one of the nurses on the floor had information about the deaths, but Kuboki told The Asahi Shimbun, “I have worked hard to help patients die in peace, so I was shocked by the incidents.”