A Shrewsbury care home nurse tried to take a blood pressure reading from a patient with a fractured arm.
Julie Elizabeth Burton, a registered nurse at Barchester Healthcare’s Mount House and Severn View Residential and Nursing Home, attempted to take a blood pressure reading from Patient A’s fractured shoulder/arm on May 26, 2018.
Julie Burton also did not carry out frequent observations, did not call for paramedics following the observations taken in relation to temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, and did not send her to hospital following low fluid intake, the report says.
The nurse was dismissed from the nursing home after the incident, and has now been handed a conditions of practice order by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Fitness to Practise Committee for three months.
The committee’s report says: “Patient A was admitted to the home sometime on or before 19 May 2018 after being discharged from the hospital as she required ongoing care and rehabilitation before considering discharge to her own home. Patient A was seen and diagnosed with a chest infection by a GP, on 25 May 2018, while she was at the home.”
The patient’s family complained about her care at the home since admission and specifically Julie Burton’s management of her on May 26 and 27 2018. The home started an investigation and she was dismissed on June 15, 2018.
In an email the patient’s son said: “I visited my mother on May 19, 2018, and although I was unhappy about the general state and the overpowering smell of urine at the home my mother presented herself as she had in hospital the previous day…I then visited her on May 23, 2018, with my wife, and May 24, 2018, and noticed a definite deterioration in her health.”
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At the relevant time, she was subject to a conditions of practice order which required her to notify the NMC of any professional investigation or disciplinary action against her, but she did not do this.
The panel heard evidence that she was “sorry for the family” and “feels dreadful” for attempting to take a blood pressure reading from her fractured arm/shoulder.
The panel also found that the charge of not carrying out frequent observations and not notifying the NMC of the disciplinary action as required by the conditions of practice order did amount to serious misconduct, but the other charges did not.
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The nurse was handed a conditions of practice order for three months, which include a number of items she will have to comply with including confining her nursing practice to non-acute areas, working with a line manager to create a personal development plan and making sure that she is supervised at any time that she is employed.
A spokesman for Mount House Care Home said: “At Mount House care home the safety and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance. The case in 2018 was an isolated incident involving a former member of staff and we took all immediate and appropriate action, including working closely with the NMC to help with their investigation. We fully respect the decision made by the NMC.”
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