Nurse Baby Fe Tandoc is accused of signing observation notes in advance stating that a patient was alive, but the patient had been dead for 45 minutes.
Tandoc, a nurse who worked for Cheltenham General Hospital, Glos, England, claims she "forgot" to respond when she was notified that the patient was having problems breathing and was quickly deteriorating.
The patient passed away at 5:15am, but the nurse charted that she checked the patient at 6am and he was alive.
Hospital administrators interview Tandoc and she claimed that she had checked the patient every hour.
When questioned further she did admit that she was notified by a nursing assistant that the patient was not doing well, but she forgot to respond.
"She did not check her observations, respond or escalate the situation."
Because of the patient's health status, the nurse was required to check on him every 15 minutes.
The patient's oxygen saturation was 80 percent when vital signs were checked by the nursing assistant. Anything below 98 percent calls for immediate response.
"She said when she was filling the form out earlier she may have got carried away and filled it all out.
"The patient was found deceased at 5:15am but her notes said he was still alive at a six o'clock."
The patient should have been transferred to the ICU if his condition deteriorated.
Tandoc also claimed that she didn't know what the effects of low oxygen saturation could have on a patient.
Tandoc, who was not at the hearing, is accused of not responding to a patient with a NEWS score of seven, not notifying a medical practitioner, not doing regular observations, not increasing the flow of oxygen and completing her care rounding form in advance.
She has denied all charges