Doctor’s odd punishment for nurse who kept tray on patient's legs

Doctor’s odd punishment for nurse who kept tray on patient's legs
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Kottayam: Nurses at the Kottayam Medical College Hospital plan to protest against the 'disciplinary action' against a nurse for keeping a tray on a patient's legs. The nurses were provoked as the head of surgery Dr John S Kurien ordered an odd punishment.

An internal inquiry commission has been formed after Dr Kurien asked the nurse to lie on a vacant bed and place the tray on herself as a punishment. All nurses associations will participate in the protest on Friday.

The incident happened on Monday when Dr Kurien on his ICU rounds saw a tray used by nurses lying on the bed of a patient who had undergone a surgery. The tray which had some medicines and glucometer was seen placed near the patient’s legs.

The nurse was called into the ICU and told it should not happen when attending to a patient. He then ordered the nurse to lie on a vacant bed nearby and place the tray on her legs. She had joined the medical college for practice after completing studies.

The nurse left the tray on bed when she received an urgent call to attend to another ICU patient, said Kerala Government Nurses Association state committee member Hena Devadas. The tray had light items only. The nurse was made to lie on the bed until the rounds were complete even after she apologised and pleaded with the doctor, said Hena.

Meanwhile, Dr Kurien said the nurse did a serious mistake. Two trays weighing half a kilo each were placed on a patient who couldn’t even move after a pancreatic surgery. One was placed on the leg, while another on thighs. The nurse was made to lie for three minutes to make her experience the patient’s difficulty, said Dr Kurien. He said he was ready to apologise if found wrong.

A panel led by communities medicine department head Dr A Shobha will carry out the inquiry.

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