An inaccurate administration of medication can bring a great risk of harm to any patient. It is part of the nurse’s duty to ensure that the patient was administered the correct medication. But if an RN incorrectly administered the wrong medication, there’s a corresponding consequence to it. The Board may summon you and subject you to disciplinary action or even worse than that. But a nurse attorney on the other hand can help you get through such a situation.
At the time of the incidents, an RN was employed as a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Arlington, Texas, and had been in that position for six (6) months.
On or about February 13, 2019, the RN incorrectly infused an intravenous antibiotic to a patient by attaching the line to the primary infusion of Levophed, which resulted in a bolus of Levophed being administered to the patient. Subsequently, the patient experienced atrial fibrillation with the rapid ventricular response and required administration of an antiarrhythmic medication to treat the abnormal heart rhythm. The RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient from adverse effects of rapid infusion of a vasopressor medication, including rapid heart rate.
In response to the incident, the RN states that he was not feeling well and started the antibiotic as a piggyback on a Levophed drip. The RN states that the antibiotic was started at the correct rate, but that this caused a bolus of the Levophed in the line. The RN states that the incident was his fault for not removing himself from the care of this patient while he was unwell.
As a result, the RN is facing the consequences of her actions. The Board has to take the RN into disciplinary action since the RN has not been able to have a nurse attorney by her side to defend her.
Having a nurse lawyer around during the trial of your case can change the outcome of the case you are dealing with. So, if ever you have questions about the Texas Board of Nursing disciplinary process? Contact The Law Office of RN License Attorney Yong J. An for a confidential consultation by calling or texting 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 and ask for nurse attorney Yong.