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UK NMC Suspends Nurse for Giving Patient Paracetamol Without Documenting by katty : January 25, 2019, 04:37:09 PM
A nurse has been suspended after she gave too many painkillers to a child at Bodmin Hospital.

A misconduct hearing was told the nurse and registered midwife was not supposed to give medicine without supervision and had failed to note it down in the records.

The case against Anne Foxley-Higgs, a nurse of 32 years, was heard by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Fitness to Practice Committee this month.

The committee was told that an 11-year-old boy and his mother came into the Bodmin Minor Injuries Unit during the afternoon of May 4 in 2017.

The boy had injured his elbow and was in pain. He was seen by Ms Foxley-Higgs, who was shortly to finish her shift.

When the next nurse came on duty 15 minutes later and asked about the child, the boy’s mother said Ms Foxley-Higgs had given him “two white and two pink tablets, which caused [the nurse] some anxiety”.

The committee heard the nurse could find no record of any medication being given on the records or that the boy had been weighed to assess the correct dose.

It emerged the boy had been given an adult’s dose of paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

The committee was also told that although Ms Foxley-Higgs had worked as a ‘band 6’ nurse previously, she was only assigned as a lower ‘band 5’ nurse when she joined the minor injuries unit. She had been told she would need to complete a training course before she could give medication without supervision.

Ms Foxley-Higgs was not at the hearing and did not make any written submissions.

The committee concluded in its report that the case “amounted to a significant falling short of what would be expected of the registered nurse in the circumstances and was misconduct.”

It said: “The fact that she had not recorded her administration of medications, including an overdose, could have led to the potential harm to the patient were a further dose given prematurely. The panel accepted that this was a single incident, but was a very serious one.”

The committee suspended Ms Foxley-Higgs for six months.

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