Monday 20 October 2014

Nurse who taped mouth of cancer patient was suffering from stress

Greg Harkin

Published 10/04/2014 | 12:33

A 15-year-old boy has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a school principal

A nurse who admitted taping the mouth of a patient was suffering from stress due to the lack of support at the care home where he worked, a psychiatric report has found.

Filipino native Bimbo Paden (39) has pleaded guilty to one count of assault following the incident at St John’s hospital in Sligo last year.

In court today Judge Kevin Kilraine asked Paden’s solicitor Mark Mullaney to read out a psychiatric report prepared on his client.

In it Dr Patricia Noone said she found the nurse had suffered enormous distress as a result of his actions.

On June 26 father-of-three Paden had been trying to calm a patient with stage four throat cancer who was being upset by loud noises being made by brain injury victim Kevin Quinn (49) a patient at the hospital for the past 13 years.

In “a moment of madness” the nurse had placed a strip of surgical tape over Mr Quinn’s mouth.

A colleague who witnessed the incident reported Paden to supervisors and he had been suspended from his position there since.

However in her report for today’s hearing psychiatrist Dr Patricia Noone said she did not believe Mr Paden would pose any risk to patients in the future.

Mr Paden, she said, was ashamed about his actions,  and had suffered stress and depression as a result of the incident and the ongoing court proceedings.

Dr Noone described the nurse as “gentle, caring, quiet and pleasing.”

She said that although he was entitled to two 20-minute breaks each day, he rarely took these because of the pressure he was under at the hospital.

She reported that Mr Paden had a “Natural tendency was to put up with it” when it came to work.

Mr Mullaney said his client was keen to have the case concluded today.

However Judge Kevin Kilraine said he wanted to consider the report alongside that of a damning internal HSE investigation, which found the hospital under-staffed and under-supervised.

“This was an appalling act, nonetheless, the stress he (Paden) was under contributed to it,” said the judge.

He adjourned sentence until April 24.

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