Uruguayan nurses confess to 'mercy killings'

Uruguayan Deputy Health Minister Lionel Briozzo said at a press conference that health facilities normally keep records and control how medications are used for each patient.

But "when emergency cases intervene – fairly common in intensive care centres – such as cardiac arrest or massive bleeding, immediate resuscitation measures are started [and] control is set aside to address the importance of giving immediate medication to save a life," he said.

The system for safeguarding medication did not fail, but "persons who, instead of reviving

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