29.09.2017

Care worker’s third med­i­ca­tion er­ror

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS -

A worker at an An­nan care home mis­tak­enly gave a res­i­dent dou­ble the dose of med­i­ca­tion they needed.

The in­ci­dent that took place last Novem­ber is the third time Wilma Grieve had made a med­i­ca­tion er­ror.

The Scot­tish So­cial Ser­vices Coun­cil has banned Grieve from ad­min­is­ter­ing any more med­i­ca­tion on her own un­til she’s un­der­taken train­ing and found that her fit­ness to prac­tise is im­paired.

The mis­take was made while Grieve was em­ployed as a team leader by Mead Med­i­cal Ser­vices Lim­ited, at Ly­di­afield Care Home.

She ad­mit­ted that on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, she ad­min­is­tered 10 mls of Amox­i­cillin to a res­i­dent when it should just have been five mls.

The SSSC said it was a fail­ure in her duty of care, and that she placed the res­i­dent at risk of harm.

Grieve had been warned by the SSSC twice be­fore over med­i­ca­tion er­rors.

How­ever the panel de­cided the mis­take wasn’t in­ten­tional, but caused by“care­less­ness for fail­ing to read the med­i­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion record sheet prop­erly”.

A re­port into the in­ci­dent added that it was more se­ri­ous be­cause Grieve was a team leader at the time and re­spon­si­ble for su­per­vis­ing ju­nior mem­bers of staff and be­ing a role model in terms of good prac­tice.

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