Aug 10, 2018

By Andy Johnson

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The inquiry examining the actions of killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer has wrapped up for the summer with details about her time in home care.

The admitted serial killer, while working with St. Elizabeth Home Health Care in 2016, administered a deadly dose of insulin to a patient who narrowly survived. The insulin was stolen from another St. Elizabeth patient after Wettlaufer showed up at that patient’s home unannounced and unscheduled.

Both the theft and the surprise visit came as news to the director of the network that oversees home care in southwestern Ontario who testified he only learned of those events in the past few weeks.

The inquiry also heard that systemic problems still exist in long-term care where home care and nursing homes have problems attracting and retaining nurses because of work loads and wages that lag behind hospitals. In addition, provincial law dictates that nursing homes must have one registered nurse on duty 24/7 and Wettlaufer would sometimes be the only one available, particularly during night shifts at Caressant Care in Woodstock. That is where Wettlaufer murdered 7 of her 8 victims.

The inquiry will resume in September.

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