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Episode 5: Vitamin K (Legally!)

On this episode of the Standard of Care Podcast, Nick and Samantha examine the legal issues of the Elijah McClain case in Colorado. Mr. McClain’s tragic death – and other situations like his - has led politicians to call for bans on the use of ketamine. We look at how Mr. McClain’s lawyers tell his story and what claims they bring against Aurora Fire and its medical director. This case has important lessons for crews, supervision, and medical directors. How can you protect your patient, yourself, and your agency when you encounter these scenes? Please like, comment, and subscribe!

Note: This episode was created before the City of Aurora released the independent investigation report, but we have added the report to the links.


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Show Notes / Links

Estate of Elijah Javon McClain, by and through its personal representatives Sheneen McClain and Lawayne Mosley; Sheneen McClain, individually; Lawayne Mosley, individually; v. City of
Aurora, Colorado, et al., Civil Action No. 20-cv-2389-DDD-NRN, United States District Court for
the District of Colorado, Amended Complaint, January 20, 2021

Dickerson, John. "Excited Delirium: The controversial syndrome that can be used to protect police from misconduct charges". CBS 60 Minutes. Retrieved December 20, 2020.

Gliha, L. J. (August 14, 2020) Aurora hiring more people for independent Elijah McClain investigation. KDVR. Retrieved from https://kdvr.com/news/aurora-hiring-more-people-forindependent-elijah-mcclain-investigation/

Smith, J., Costello, M., MD, & Villaseñor, R. (February 22, 2021). Investigation Report and
Recommendations, available at

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