Nurse found in toi­let with drugs sy­ringe

Medic was in sole charge of car­diac pa­tient

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

by A NURSE who in­jected him­self with drugs whilst solely re­spon­si­ble for a crit­i­cally ill pa­tient at Hare­field Hospital, has been struck off.

Ab­del-Azeez A-I Oth­man was found hunched in a toi­let cu­bi­cle in the in­ten­sive care unit at the hospital in Hilling­don, dur­ing a night shift as an agency nurse.

A col­league was forced to break the toi­let door down af­ter an empty sy­ringe and nee­dle were seen on the cu­bi­cle floor.

Oth­man ad­mit­ted tak­ing 1mg lo­razepam in­tra­venously and was found to have 10mg of the tran­quil­lizer di­azepam in his bag.

He was work­ing for the Medilink Con­sult­ing agency at the time of the night shift on De­cem­ber 2, 2014, the Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil (NMC) heard.

Oth­man was re­spon­si­ble for the oneon-one care of a ‘high de­pen­dency’ pa­tient who had suf­fered a car­diac ar­rest two days pre­vi­ously.

The pa­tient was only be­ing kept alive by a life sup­port ma­chine, pump­ing air in and out of the lungs.

The pa­tient was fully sup­ported by the ma­chine and was dan­ger­ously ill.

Dur­ing the shift Oth­man claimed he was not feel­ing well and mem­bers of staff were sent to find him.

A nurse en­tered the men’s chang­ing room and found the toi­let door was locked while an­other col­league looked un­der the toi­let door to find a sy­ringe and nee­dle on the floor.

Oth­man, who also worked at St John & St El­iz­a­beth Hospital, St John’s Wood, as a se­nior staff nurse ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing a Class C drug at West Lon­don Mag­is­trates Court on May 5 2015.

He was sen­tenced to a one-year com­mu­nity or­der, a four-month cur­few re­quire­ment with elec­tronic tag­ging and £145 fine.

NMC

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chair Stu­art Gray told Oth­man: “The panel was con­cerned at the con­tra­dic­tory na­ture and lack of con­sis­tency in your re­sponses in re­spect of your his­tory of tak­ing drugs.

“On the rel­e­vant night shift you had re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for a very ill and vul­ner­a­ble pa­tient who was put at risk of harm by your ac­tions.

“You drew up a con­trolled Class C med­i­ca­tion, loreza­pam, for per­sonal use at the pa­tient’s bed­side and put your per­sonal in­ter­ests first.

“You were an ex­pe­ri­enced reg­is­tered nurse but you brought con­trolled Class C drugs in your bag to the hospital premises and self- ad­min­is­tered loreza­pam whilst on duty.”

Oth­man was said to have abused his po­si­tion of trust whilst there was a duty of care which he had com­pro­mised.

Mr Gray con­tin­ued: “This was a sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from what is ex­pected of a reg­is­tered nurse. Your ac­tions had a se­vere im­pact on pa­tient care, col­leagues and the rep­u­ta­tion of the pro­fes­sion.”

Oth­man did not ap­pear at the NMC hear­ing and was struck off the NMC regis­ter.

n HARE­FIELD HOSPITAL: A nurse was found slumped in a toi­let, with a sy­ringe next to him

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