Nursing assessment skills and accurate documentation are both essential for nurses in performing their duties. This is the main reason why whenever someone filed a complaint against you involving negligence and medical malpractice, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a nurse attorney.
At the time of the incident, he was employed as a Nurse Anesthetist at a hospital in Georgetown, Texas, and had been in that position for one (1) year and one (1) month.
On or about February 1, 2020, while employed as a Nurse Anesthetist at a hospital in Georgetown, Texas, and assigned to work in the Operating Room (OR), RN failed to ensure that end tidal carbon dioxide monitoring (ETCO2) was initiated and monitored when starting Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIV A) for a patient. Additionally, RN failed to assess and document oxygen saturation from 10:05 to 10:25 for the patient. Subsequently, intubation was delayed, and the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate began to drop, requiring the patient to be quickly intubated and resuscitated. The patient then required transfer to another facility to receive a higher level of neurological services. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to monitor oxygen levels, as well as delay in emergency treatment, could have resulted in respiratory complications and possible demise.
In response, RN states he did not use ETCO2 monitoring because it was the standard of care, but also states an open face mask was used and he neglected to place ETCO2 line under the patient’s nose. RN states the patient began tapping the finger that had the pulse monitor attached, which made the oxygen levels fluctuate. RN states that the patient began wagging his foot, which required administration of Ketamine and Propofol, then chin lift to keep his airway open. RN states that when the patient began showing signs of decreasing heart rate, RN began to mask-bag to keep oxygen saturation up. RN states that he neglected to recognize and initiate rapid cardiac resuscitation.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(1)(M) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B)&(4).
The Texas Board of Nursing gave the RN enough time to defend the complaints filed against him. However, there was a failure on the RN’s part to find the right RN/LVN license attorney to handle his case. The negligence of the RN/LVN license attorney led to the decision of the Texas BON to revoke the RN’s license.
Equip yourself with the knowledge and expertise you need for a successful outcome by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced Texas RN/LVN license attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse attorneys who helped represent more than 300 nurse cases for the past 16 years. Contact the Law Office of Nurse Attorney Yong J. An 24/7 through text or call at (832) 428-5679 for a confidential consultation regarding any accusations from the Texas BON.