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Problems in an execution prompt changes in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state will change its lethal injection process to help prevent problems, according to a report issued yesterday.

Execution teams will make every effort to find two injection sites and will use a new method to make sure the veins stay open once entryways are inserted, Terry Collins, prisons director, told Governor Bob Taft in the report.

The review was prompted by the execution of Joseph Clark last month that was delayed about 90 minutes when staff had problems finding a viable vein, and one vein they did use collapsed.

Clark, 57, who killed a gas station attendant during a robbery, continued to move during the initial injection attempt, and then finally pushed himself up and said, ``It don't work."

The execution team will now establish a low-pressure saline drip to test whether the vein being used for the lethal injection is open and continues to be useable, instead of using a high-pressure saline injection with a syringe, according to the report.

Evaluations of the inmate before the execution will be changed from a visual observation to include as many as three hands-on evaluations during the night before and morning of the execution.

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