Maxim Healthcare nurse suspended after death of young patient
A registered nurse in King County was recently suspended after a boy patient with Down syndrome who was under his care died, the Seattle Times reported on March 26.
Reports said Fernando Enrique Nunez-Mesta is facing negligence-related charges after the 3-year-old boy he was taking care of died last November 17, although no criminal charges have been filed. The allegations assert that Nunez-Mesta improperly operated a breathing machine used by the boy and turned off the alarm system that would have alerted nurses to his respiratory failure.
Investigations revealed that Nunez-Mesta was unfamiliar with the breathing apparatus and struggled with the correct way to administer CPR. The nurse’ employer Maxim Healthcare stated that they are cooperating with authorities in investigating the case. Nunez-Mesta has been given 20 days to appeal his suspension and the charges filed against him.
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