Whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence at work, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney. An RN from Houston, Texas is just one of the many examples of nurses who found to be negligent while on duty.
On or about April 14, 2018, the RN inappropriately allowed the contents from the aforementioned patient’s gastrostomy tube (G-tube) to drain continuously into a cup, failing to assess the volume of the drainage and return the contents to the patient via gravity. The G-tube port was inappropriately left open to drain out the contents and was later discovered to be draining gastric contents in large quantities on the floor.
Additionally, she falsely documented in the patient’s medical record that the patient had zero (O) gastric residual during her shift.
Because of this, the RN was summoned by the Texas Board of Nursing to defend her side. The RN states that when she assessed the patient, the patient was exhibiting no signs of vomiting and had not vomited since earlier that day. She states that the patient had a little bit of phlegm which was suctioned and that the vital signs were normal. She states that the patient seemed uncomfortable so she used her nursing judgment to allow the gastric contents to drain from the G-tube.
The RN further states that she felt purging the patient’s stomach of whatever was causing her discomfort was the best thing to do. She states she left the G-tube open to continue to drain off and that she returned 30 minutes later to find the draining spilling onto the floor. She states she then noted how foul the drainage was and then went to get the Registered Nurse on the floor The RN states that if she documented that there was no residual that this was an honest error.
However, the Board states that her conduct was deceptive, resulted in an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the patient from unmonitored loss of bodily fluids and a risk of infection due to opened ports.
Furthermore, the RN failed to hire a nurse attorney to help her with her case. Because of this, the Texas Board of Nursing suspended and disciplined the LVN.
Do not fret if you find yourself in a similar situation the same as that of the RN mentioned above. All you need to do is to find the right nurse attorney who can help you in the case. Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas nurse attorney. Contact the Law Office of Yong J. An and text or call attorney Yong 24/7 at (832) 428-4579