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American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
Case Report

The Insulin Pump as Murder Weapon: A Case Report

Benedict, Butch; Keyes, Rusty; Clark Sauls, F MD, FACS

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Abstract

Microprocessor-controlled insulin pumps designed for continuous delivery of short-acting insulin analogs into subcutaneous tissues offer several important potential benefits for diabetic patients. The delivery of other substances using these systems is technically feasible. We present a case of homicide involving lethal doses of etomidate and atracurium injected via the victim's insulin pump. This unique situation could be encountered by homicide investigators more frequently as the popularity of these systems continues to grow.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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