Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Psychiatrist: Nursing Home Rampage Should Have Been Prevented

Last week, Dr. George Corvin (right) testified in the case of Robert Stewart. Dr. Corvin's opinion is that Mr. Stewart was so mentally ill at the time of the killing that he could not premeditate and deliberate.
Dr. George Corvin

Of even more power, Dr. Corvin says the entire incident could have and should have been avoided. Stewart presented himself to his longtime doctors office two days before the shooting in a nervous state, crying and saying, "I don't want to hurt anyone."

Corvin said that, instead of doing a safety assessment, nurse practitioner Vonda Reeves let him leave her office and gave Stewart two medications: the antidepressant Lexapro and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, which likely made his agitation and his anxiety worse.

"This was grossly inadequate. It was malpractice. Period," Corvin said.

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