Whenever someone filed a complaint against you, your license could be put in danger if not defended by a San Antonio nurse attorney. This is exactly what happened to an LVN in San Antonio, Texas when she was accused of negligence. During the time of the initial incident, the LVN was employed as staff nurse in a hospital in San Antonio and had been in that position for more than two years already.
On or about April 30, 2019, while employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in a hospital in San Antonio and caring for a patient whose blood sugar was 594 at 20:45, she received an order from the on-call physician to administer 5 units of Novolog now to the patient, recheck the patient’s blood sugar in one hour, and administer another 5 units of Novolog if the patient’s blood sugar was still over 300.
Mistaking a thirty-unit insulin syringe for a 3-unit insulin syringe, she incorrectly administered 35 units of Novolog, instead of the ordered 5 units to the patient. After one hour, the patient’s blood sugar was 453 and she repeated the error by administering another 35 units of Novolog. Subsequently, on or about May 1, 2019, the blood sugar for the patient. was 21 at 05:30, and the patient was transferred to the emergency department.
In addition, the LVN mistook a thirty-unit insulin syringe for a 3-unit insulin syringe, and incorrectly administered 140 units of Humulin N to the patient, instead of 14 units of Humulin N, as ordered. Subsequently, on or about May 1, 2019, the blood sugar for the patient was 34 at 05:20. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient from the administration of excessive doses of insulin.
Because of the incident, the Texas Board of Nursing summoned the LVN. During the hearing, the LVN states that she went to her cart to draw and then administer the insulin in response to the order she received. She states that there was a new bag of syringes that was different from what was usually there. She states she attempted to open one syringe, which had a stopper covering the plunger.
The LVN states that she had a hard time opening it, and when it did open the plunger came out with the stopper. She states she noticed the plunger was as thin as a toothpick. The LVN states she disposed of that syringe and retrieved another, which also opened with difficulty. She states that she then looked at the top number, which had what appeared to be a 1.0, and thought to herself that it was strange and that it was a 3-unit syringe.
The LVN states that she had never seen but the normal 100-unit syringes. She states that she then noted the bag said petite across it and thought to herself that it must be a pediatric syringe purchased in error. She states she did not realize the error until the following day when she returned to work and had time to ask the Director of Nursing why they had purchased 3-unit needles.
The LVN states that about twenty minutes later, the Assistant Director of Nursing came to her and asked for the syringes in question. She states she provided the syringes, received the usual 100-unit syringes for her use, and proceeded with her work. The LVN states that she later met with the Director of Nursing who told her that they were 30-unit syringes. She states that she was surprised and showed the Director of Nursing why she thought they were 3-unit syringes. She states that this was an error and she never meant to hurt anyone.
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