TOKYO AFP - A former nurse who allegedly killed as many as 20 elderly patients by injecting their intravenous drips with chemicals is in police custody, Japanese media have reported. Police said on Wednesday July 11 that year-old Ayumi Kuboki was in custody over the alleged murder of an year-old man at a hospital in suburban Tokyo. They declined to confirm the broader investigation. She was arrested on Saturday over the alleged murder of the elderly patient in , but she has told police she may have killed up to 20 people, local media said. Kuboki allegedly killed the year-old man by injecting a disinfectant into his drip, it was reported. The suspect has told police she mixed disinfectant into the intravenous drips of around 20 patients, Jiji Press reported, citing an unnamed police source. Kuboki reportedly denied any specific grudge against her patients, but said she found it difficult to deal with deaths on her shift, and injecting the drips allowed her to control when her patients died. The Asahi Shimbun also reported she had admitted injecting the drips of around 20 patients with disinfectant.
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Please refresh the page and retry. Ayumi Kuboki, 31, has been arrested on suspicion of killing year-old Sozo Nishikawa at Oguchi Hospital, in the city of Yokohama, south-west of Tokyo, in September She is also being questioned over the death of Nobuo Yamaki, also 88, two days later. Kuboki has reportedly told police that she wanted to make sure that the patients died when she was not on duty so she would not have to explain the circumstances of their deaths to their families. Doctors had initially believed Mr Nishikawa and Mr Yamaki had died of natural causes, although autopsies discovered the disinfectant in their bodies. Subsequent investigations also found the cleaning agent in the bodies of an year-old man and a woman aged 78 who had died around the same time. Kuboki started working as a nurse in and joined Oguchi Hospital in after working at another healthcare facility. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Visit our adblocking instructions page. Telegraph News.
Nursing in Japan did not develop as an occupation until the end of the nineteenth century. Initially introduced only in Tokyo in the late s, small schools utilizing Western models were being opened by the late s. In response to disaster relief, the Japanese Red Cross became an integral part of nursing development. By , nurse registration had been established and public health nurses began working throughout the country. Nursing universities were established in the twentieth century and regulations were passed to develop standards for training and public health. Care of the sick in Japan was primarily done in the home by untrained family members until the end of the nineteenth century. Nursing first emerged in Tokyo in , when the Tokyo Imperial University opened a small school for nurses.
By Lia Eustachewich. July 10, pm Updated July 10, pm. Ayumi Kuboki allegedly poisoned the patients by lacing their intravenous drips with toxic antiseptic chemicals at specific times, Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday. The year-old, who worked at Oguchi Hospital in Yokohama, was busted Saturday on suspicion of murdering year-old Sozo Nishikawa in September Yamaki shared a room with Nishikawa on the fourth floor in the Kanagawa ward of the hospital. She claimed she only targeted seriously ill patients who she believed were going to die on her shift, but sources said some of the victims were not in serious condition when they died.