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Some nurses tend to forget the fact that San Antonio nurse attorney can help them just because they really felt like they should be responsible even if they never intended to commit such an error. 

One incident occurred in April  2019 to an RN in San Antonio. During the initial time of the incident, the RN was employed as an RN in a medical facility in San Antonio and had been in that position for about one year already.

At the time of the incident, the RN was employed in a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and had been in that position for one year and nine months.

On or about April 23, 2019, the RN incorrectly administered a fentanyl infusion to a patient who had been emergently intubated for acute respiratory failure, by incorrectly entering the concentration of the medication into the infusion pump instead of utilizing the safety guardrails function for the medication. Subsequently, the patient received fentanyl at a rate of 418.5 ml/hr instead of the ordered 4.18 ml/hr. Her conduct was likely to injure the patient in that failure to correctly administer ordered medication could have resulted in non-efficacious treatment.

In response to the incident, the RN states the patient was brought in toward the end of her shift. Given the patient’s condition, the patient was immediately intubated and the physician ordered numerous critical drips that she started. The RN states that she stayed in the patient’s room while these drips were infusing and closely monitored the patient. She states that the patient’s vital signs did not change while the medications were infusing. One of the pumps started alarming that the tubing had air and Respondent noticed that the fentanyl bag was empty.

The RN states she called the pharmacy regarding her concern that the fentanyl drip finished so quickly and to inform them that the unit had no more fentanyl. The RN states that while on the phone with the pharmacy, the pharmacist was questioning the RN regarding the rate. The RN states she attempted to calculate the correct rate and could not understand why it was not correct when she realized her mistake.

The RN states that the label on the bag of fentanyl read 10 mcg/ml in 0.9% sodium chloride. The bag contained 100 ml of sodium chloride. She states she did not calculate this into 1000 mcg in a 100 ml bag. She states she reported her error to the charge nurse and kept a close eye on the patient.

This issue was filed as a complaint and sent to the Texas Board of Nursing. The Texas Board of Nursing has full jurisdiction in all cases that may affect the status of an RN or LVN’s license in the future. But they advise nurses to attend a hearing first before placing the sentence, which the RN attended for her career’s security.

As a result, the Texas Board of Nursing placed her RN license to disciplinary action. It’s too bad that she failed to hire a San Antonio nurse attorney for assistance, knowing that she had every reason to defend herself in the first place. Her defense would have gotten better if she actually sought legal consultation from a San Antonio nurse attorney as well.

So if you’re facing a complaint from the Board, it’s best to seek legal advice first. San Antonio Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is willing to assist every nurse in need of immediate help for nurse licensing cases. To contact him, please dial (832)-428-5679 for a confidential consultation or for more inquiries.