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Paramedic suspended for failing to appropriately assess a patient
10/01/2013 - 15:46
Paramedic Claire Jolly has been suspended from the HCPC register for failing to give appropriate treatment to a patient whilst working for the Scottish Ambulance Service at Forth Valley.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Claire Jolly did not carry out the proper procedures when responding to a patient with chest pain in that she did not conduct an electrocardiogram (ECG) at the scene. When Claire Jolly later carried out the ECG in the ambulance, she failed to study the results properly. As a result, Claire Jolly was unable to identify that the results indicated a heart attack and did not issue an advance alert to the receiving hospital, delaying his treatment.
The Panel further heard that Claire Jolly put the patient at risk of collapse by walking him from his house to the ambulance after she administered morphine, despite the fact that her colleague had gone to fetch a chair for the patient.
Panel Chair Colin Allies commented:
“The Panel heard that no harm came to Patient A. However, the Panel is very concerned that her actions had the potential to cause harm to Patient A or to adversely affect his treatment as a result of delay. The Panel has found that her misconduct marks a serious departure from the standards expected of a registered paramedic.
“The Panel is satisfied that Ms Jolly has shown some insight into her actions and also has demonstrated some remorse. However, the Panel has not heard from her directly and has very little information about her current circumstances and her subsequent professional history. Ms. Jolly has not supplied any information about remediation and the Panel cannot be satisfied about the question of whether her misconduct is likely to be repeated.”
The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to suspend Claire Jolly from the Register for a period of 12 months.
Claire Jolly was not present or represented at the hearing.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.
2. Full details of this hearing will be posted online here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints/hearings/index.asp?id=2483&month=1&year=2013&EventType=H
3. Information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings can be found on the HCPC website here: www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints
4. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists
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