Nurse struck off register for failing to properly help injured patient
A NURSE who failed to call for help when he found an injured patient lying sandwiched between his mattress and bedrail has been kicked out of the profession.
Michael Collins was working a nightshift at the Tamar House Nursing Home in Saltash, when the elderly man suffered a series of cuts of bruises.
Rather than call an ambulance or make a note of the severity of the injuries, the nurse bandaged a wound on the man's arm while ignoring others to his neck and shoulder.
He also failed to inform colleagues of the resident's injuries, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
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Finding that his actions amounted to misconduct and that his fitness to practise was impaired, the panel imposed a striking off order.
Panel chair Mary Symes said: "The panel accepts that this was an isolated incident. However, it is of the view that Mr Collins' persistent lack of remorse and insight outweighs the single instance of misconduct.
"He should at least have been alerted to further problems when giving Patient A breakfast.
"Mr Collins had a further opportunity, when he was made aware of the extent of the severity of Patient A's injuries, to show remorse that Patient A had suffered such injuries whilst in his care, however he believed those injuries had occurred.
"He failed to accept responsibility. In fact he blamed other parties.
"This panel has already found that there is a risk of repetition and that this risk repetition brings with it potential to cause harm to patients," she added.
He denied all of the allegations against him and now has 28 days to challenge the striking off order. An 18 month interim suspension order has been imposed to cover any appeal period.