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Nurse’s overdose ‘did not cause patient’s death’
A nurse who gave a dose of medicine 10 times the correct rate to a patient did not cause her death.
A toxicology report confirmed the woman, who had lung cancer, was not killed by the overdose, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.
Arsenio Madrona was working at Kingston Hospital when he gave a patient 275ml of aminophylline, which treats shortness of breath, per hour, instead of 27.5ml per hour.
He later admitted not following NHS policy.
Mr Madrona was told: “The panel found that your mistaken reading of the drug chart was a human error which could be made by anyone.
“[It] also recognised that you were under pressure and that it was a busy shift.
“However, you then went on to administer medication to the patient without being fully familiar with it or its normal dose.”
The mistake was a “particularly significant” failure for a nurse with 18 years of experience, amounting to serious misconduct, the panel concluded.
Madrona will have to adhere to a set of conditions to continue practising, including taking a course in intravenous drug administration.