Medical chiefs suspend nurse who wrongly administered drug to Leeds patient, 88

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A nurse who wrongly administered a drug to an 88-year-old patient in Leeds has been suspended.

Autilia Ndhlovu was suspended from working in the profession for nearly two years after a Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) panel found her fitness to practice was impaired.

The misconduct hearing on Monday was told Mrs Ndhlovu incorrectly administered potassium permanganate on two occasions in 2014 - while working at the South Leeds Independence Centre for elderly people with complex health needs.

The nurse of nine years gave one 88-year-old patient the drug - which is usually administered topically on skin - orally as a tablet to treat a leg ulcer.

When a doctor visited the patient, the hearing was told the patient looked “slightly unwell”, and had discoloured lips.

The patient was taken to A&E and died nearly two weeks later, but a pathologist during a police investigation ruled they died from natural causes because of a chest infection.

The hearing was told Mrs Ndhlovu could have also made the same medication error four days earlier. In its judgement, the NMC panel said the the nurse’s failings were “very serious, involved a reaction of a patient to wrongful drug administration and occurred on two separate occasions.”

The NMC judgement said: “The registrant accepts that the errors were of a fundamental nature and carried a risk of very significant harm.”

But the panel said Mrs Ndhlovu demonstrated she understands her conduct was wrong, and must not be repeated.

The panel judgement added: “The registrant admitted the allegations at a local level and has shown progressive insight into her failings.”

She was sanctioned with a three-month, and interim 18-month suspension order.

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