Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No CPR Was Attempted on Resident; NURSE GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No CPR Was Attempted on Resident; NURSE GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter @KATIEJDICKINSON

A CARE home nurse who failed to attempt resuscitation on an elderly resident after finding him "in an unresponsive state" has been found guilty of misconduct.

Philip Banks was working a night shift at the Roseway House Care Home, in Jarrow, when he found the patient "not breathing but still warm" at 7am on June 18 2015.

A panel for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found that Banks failed to perform CPR on the patient or contact the emergency services - instead calling the NHS nonemergency medical helpline 111 almost an hour later.

The registered nurse was found guilty of six charges and handed an 18-month conditions of practice order.

The panel was told that Banks and a healthcare assistant, referred to as 'Ms 2'. found the man, ('Resident A') in an unresponsive state on June 18 2015.

A report of the hearing said: "Resident A was not breathing, but was still warm to the touch. Both Mr Banks and Ms 2 considered that Resident A had died."

Despite telling an NHS 111 call operator that the resident's body was "very warm" and it looked like death had happened "five minutes or before" he had been found, Banks did not attempt to perform CPR on him.

The hearing was told there was no Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNARCPR) order in place for the patient.

They concluded that: "As a registered nurse, Mr Banks had a duty to preserve life and therefore to commence CPR upon finding Resident A in an unresponsive state, warm to touch and with no DNARCPR."

They went on to say later in the report: "Whilst it is not alleged that Mr Banks caused or contributed to Resident A's death, by virtue of his failure to commence CPR on Resident A, Mr Banks deprived him of any chance he had to survive.

"The panel has found that he breached a fundamental tenet of the profession by his failure to commence CPR."

The hearing was also told that instead of calling 999, Banks called the nonemergency number 111 at 7. …

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