Investigators blame a faulty intravenous insertion for an execution in Oklahoma earlier this year which took 43-minutes before the inmate died. A report released Thursday offered 11 recommendations for future executions -- including more training for medical personnel.
Texas officials insist the same would not happen here.
“New members that are part of that team have to go through prior training before participating in an execution,” says Jason Clark at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
“That consists of following drug team members to at least to executions and receiving step-by-step instructions,” he tells KTRH News.
And the botched IV in Oklahoma?
“The report indicated there were complications with a single IV line that was inserted in the offender's groin which was then covered by a sheet,” says Clark.
“In Texas, IV lines are placed in areas that are visible and observed closely by our staff,” he says. “Also, our protocol requires we have two lines in case one of them fails.”
Texas has two executions scheduled this month, and two more in October.