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Old 08-19-2016, 07:03 AM   #1
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Default Potential Disciplinary Action: Pauline Cafferkey

This popped up on the BBC yesterday, detailing allegations that Pauline Cafferkey had concealed a rise in temperature when presenting for monitoring at Heathrow on return from the Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone. The professional body somehow managed to upload details to their website, and has since apologised.

Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey faces disciplinary action over claims she concealed her temperature at an Ebola screening on her return to the UK. The 40-year-old was infected with the virus while at a treatment centre in Sierra Leone in 2014. She is alleged to have given dishonest answers to medical staff when she returned to Heathrow airport. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been investigating Ms Cafferkey's conduct.
The charges against her had never been made public but were accidentally uploaded to the NMC website. Ms Cafferkey said the NMC has since apologised.

The council alleges that she "allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded" on 29 December 2014 and intended to conceal from Public Health England staff that she had a temperature higher than 38C.

Registered NHS nurse Ms Cafferkey travelled to the West African country at the height of the Ebola crisis to help the sick. She returned to London and then travelled on to Scotland before being diagnosed, and spent almost a month being treated in an isolation unit at London's Royal Free Hospital. Ms Cafferkey recovered but was readmitted to hospital on two separate occasions after suffering complications linked to the disease, and at one stage fell critically ill.

But she returned to work as a nurse at the Blantyre Health Centre in South Lanarkshire, where she had been employed before volunteering to go to Sierra Leone with the Save the Children charity. She described at the time how she was "very happy to be alive" and was looking forward to returning to a "normal life". However, in the months that followed her health suffered as she had issues with her thyroid, her hair fell out and she had headaches and pains in her joints. But Ms Cafferkey stressed that she felt lucky because she had not lost her sight as others had done.

In March of last year the NMC began investigating her conduct and she was summoned for a preliminary hearing in Edinburgh. She was not told the charges against her at that time, but they were thought to centre on allegations that she was unwell before she began her journey and her symptoms were obscured. The NMC has now released the full charges, which allege Ms Cafferkey did not tell Public Health England screening staff who took her temperature at the airport that she had recently taken paracetamol. She is also said to have left the area without reporting her true temperature.

A hearing on Ms Cafferkey's fitness to practise is set to take place in Edinburgh next month. The NMC has the power to strike workers off the professional register. A spokesman for the NMC said it had been working closely with Ms Cafferkey and her representatives to reach an outcome "that is fair and meets the public interest". He added: "Since the NMC's case examiners considered the allegations and drafted charges, we have received further evidence. "The final charges the panel will consider will be determined in light of this new material. A process of ongoing review is part of our normal practice in all cases. "Ms Cafferkey and her representatives have cooperated fully throughout this process. Currently we are working towards scheduling the case for a panel to consider on 13 September."

In a statement Pauline Cafferky said: "The NMC has apologised to me through my solicitor for the unfortunate mistake they made in uploading the allegations to their website in advance of the hearing next month. "It's only then that the full facts now known to the NMC will be shared with the panel. Those facts, that have not yet been made public, will be considered by the panel as part of its review of all relevant information. "I would very much hope that after the case has been considered by the panel the matter will be at an end. "I have no further comment to make. "


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Old 09-13-2016, 03:01 PM   #2
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The hearing began today and was adjourned until tomorrow. The charge of dishonesty has been dropped.

The panel at the conduct and competence committee agreed to drop charges about "dishonesty" after the NMC agreed that medical evidence clearly showed Ms Cafferkey's decision-making was impaired due to illness on her return from Sierra Leone.

This means that the NMC will now make submission on two charges relating to Ms Cafferkey on her return to the UK on 28 December 2014.

The first alleges that while in a Public Health England screening area, inside Terminal 4 at Heathrow, she allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded on her screening form. The second charge alleges that she left the screening area without reporting her true temperature to medics.

During Tuesday's morning session, the panel heard that the screening area at Heathrow airport was "busy, disorganised and even chaotic" when Ms Cafferkey and other medics arrived back from Sierra Leone.

The agreed facts in the case, as presented to the panel, show that the nurse's temperature was recorded twice by a doctor at Heathrow at more than 38C. This was in the presence of another person referred to as "registrant A".

The doctor claims that "registrant A stated at this point that she would record the temperature as 37.2C on Ms Cafferkey's screening form and then they would 'get out of there and sort it out'".

The agreed facts show that Ms Cafferkey stated that she recalled the words "let's get out of here" being used but could not remember who said it or who entered the temperature on her screening form.

The panel was told that Ms Cafferkey accepted that her temperature had been measured at above 38C yet allowed a reading of 37.2C to be recorded on her screening form, after which she continued to the arrivals area.

It was heard that a temperature above 37.5C "is an elevated or pyrexial (feverish) temperature that requires further assessment and should be reported to a consultant".

Ms Cafferkey admitted taking paracetamol at some point after she realised she had an elevated temperature.

When she returned to the screening area, the doctor who examined her found her temperature to be normal and cleared the nurse to fly back to Scotland.
The panel heard that hours later she was diagnosed with one of the most severe viral loads of Ebola ever recorded.

Doctors said early symptoms would have impaired her judgement and that there was no evidence she had been deliberately dishonest to staff.


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Old 09-13-2016, 04:17 PM   #3
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I'm leaning towards negligence. She treats Ebola victims and comes back on a commercial flight, then train all the time not feeling well. She was extremely lucky no one else caught the disease from her. Could have been catastrophic.

If she wasn't feeling well at any stage she should have flagged it up not wait for public health to take a temperate reading.
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Cleared.

Ebola infected nurse Pauline Cafferkey is cleared of 'putting patients lives at risk' after returning to the UK with the virus and will return to nursing
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Nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been cleared of professional misconduct
Disciplinary hearing heard Scottish medic potentially put 'public at risk'
She was infected with Ebola while working in Sierra Leone in late 2014
She was accused of concealing her temperature during checks on her return to Heathrow Airport and failing to disclose she took paracetamol
But she was today cleared of any wrongdoing after two-day hearing
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-evidence.html
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And today taken under police escort to a local hospital, as per Sky News.
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I wonder if part of the settlement of her disciplinary hearing included mandated exams and lab work.



Health officials in Glasgow, Scotland, say Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey admitted to hospital under routine monitoring, condition stable - Reuters


British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola in 2014 in Sierra Leone, tests negative for Ebola virus, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde says - Press Association
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