Nurse cleared in death inquiry

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A NURSE has been cleared of failing to immediately resuscitate a patient at a Hucknall care home after finding her with no pulse.

Maura Torode was accused of telling staff at the Fernwood Unit on Hankin Street that the lifeless woman was already dead.

She had found the patient in the lounge of the home at 10.30 am on May 8 2010.

Ms Torode admitted that she did not use the emergency buzzer to call for assistance or ensure that an ambulance was called immediately.

But evidence was given to a panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council that Ms Torode had asked another member of staff to call an ambulance.

The panel decided that Ms Torode’s actions did not amount to misconduct, which means that she can continue to work as a nurse without restrictions.

She was cleared of declaring the woman, described as Patient A, to be dead when she was unqualified to do so.

An allegation that Ms Torode did not start CPR (chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth) when she discovered the patient was also found unproved.

Panel chairman Sheila Hewitt said they were impressed by the insight shown by Ms Torode in the case.