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Auckland nurse struck off for re-writing patient's records after she died by katty : March 06, 2018, 08:36:46 AM
-She re-wrote the patient’s BP and temperature thus committing a misconduct  "likely to bring discredit to the nursing profession"

An Auckland nurse who was found to have altered a dementia patient's treatment records after she died in hospital care has been struck off, censured and ordered to pay nearly $10,000.

Rekha Devi was the facility manager at Cornwall Park Hospital – a specialist dementia unit run by Bupa in Auckland's Greenlane – in May 2014, when the misconduct occurred.

She was found to have tampered with the documentation, either herself or by instructing others to do so, by re-writing the patient's temperature and blood pressure charts, back-dating them and destroying the old ones.

A decision handed down by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal on Monday said she engaged in misconduct that was "likely to bring discredit to the nursing profession".

The patient, who was not named, had been a resident of the unit since the previous September.

One Saturday in mid-May 2014, she developed a rash on her right forearm which was initially treated with hydrocortisone cream.

However, she developed septicaemia and deteriorated rapidly before dying in hospital a few days later.

After the death, Devi was said to be looking distressed. She called a meeting with all the carers and nurses that had looked after the patient, the decision said.

Those nurses then rewrote the progress notes for the woman's last days on Devi's instruction. They included a reference to a non-existent standing order and referred to a non-existent short-term care plan for her rash, the decision said.

The patient's family had concerns over how the patient's death was recorded, and a fellow nurse later came forward and blew the whistle on Devi, it said.

The claims were investigated by a professional conduct committee of the Nursing Council of New Zealand and several charges were laid against her.

Devi claimed that she did not alter the substance of the notes at all or encourage the other nurses to do so, but the tribunal found her evidence to be inconsistent.

The tribunal report concluded: "She has defended the case fully. She has been dishonest in doing so. Her dishonesty underlines that it is her own self-interest that is predominant and not the best interests of the profession at large."

She was struck off the nursing register and ordered to pay $9300 towards legal fees.

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