Lucy Joyce, a nurse at Leicester Royal Infirmary gave chemotherapy treatment to the wrong patient because they had "similar names."
The mistake was caught by one of her coworkers and the coworker discontinued the treatment as soon as Joyce's error was noticed.
This is not the first time nurse Joyce has made such an error in medication administration. One patient was administered two different medications, although there were clear warnings on the drugs to the contrary
Nurse Joyce allegedly failed to give “pre-hydration” medication to two patients , which increased the toxicity of the powerful chemotherapy drugs.
Bryony Dongray, for the NMC explained how the incidents occurred:
“The patients had the same first name and similar sounding surnames and Patient B was brought in error.
“Identification checks were not made properly by the registrant, this was another error."
“Chemotherapy treatment meant for Patient B was given to Patient A, another nurse realized what was happening and stopped it. Luckily no harm came to either patient.”
There is a hearing scheduled in London tomorrow and although Joyce admits to the charges she denies being unfit to practice nursing.
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