During a blood transfusion, a nurse gave the wrong type of blood to a patient, then, when he realized what he had done attempted to cover it up. He has been suspended for six months.
Albert Tabilog, a nurse who works in the hematology unit of Bart's Health in England, caring for patients who are suffering from blood disorders when the incident occurred,
Tabilog has over 20 years experience. During the incident, he discarded the blood bag after administering it and realizing what he had done. He lied in his notes on the patient's chart and denied that it ever happened when interviewed by his superiors.
During the investigation, Tabilog admitted that he had administered blood to a patient that was the incorrect blood type. He also admitted to hiding the incident.
The nursing panel said during a hearing: “Patient A was a patient in crisis and you failed to provide him with adequate care."
“He suffered some physical harm as a result of your failure, although there were no long-term adverse consequences."
“However, there was the possibility of serious harm."
According to the nursing panel Tabilog’s “dishonesty” had “damaged the reputation of the profession”.
They also said: “Members of the public expect nurses to work together in the best interests of patients, and not to conceal clinical errors in order protect themselves from criticism.”
But because Tabilog showed "genuine remorse", his license would not be revoked.
They ordered a six-month suspension.
A hospital's spokesman said: “The safety of our patients is our number one priority and that is why we immediately investigated the incident in 2014.
"As a result of this investigation, Mr. Tabilog was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.”
I'm assuming because this mistake was made that nurses in England don't have the same protocol that American nurses have. In the U.S two nurses are needed to check blood before it's administered. Is this different in England, or did she just not follow protocol with this either? Maybe an English nurse can answer this question. Comment below!