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Thursday 2 October 2014

Psychiatric report ordered on nurse who taped up patient’s mouth

Greg Harkin

Published 13/03/2014 | 14:44

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A JUDGE has ordered a psychiatric report on an ‘over-worked’ nurse who admitted putting tape over the mouth of a patient.

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Filipino-born Bimbo Paden, (39), wept throughout his appearance at Sligo District Court today for sentencing on one charge of assault.

But after hearing the result of a damning HSE internal report on the affair, Judge Kevin Kilrane adjourned the case for six weeks, asking for a psychiatric assessment on Paden.

The father-of-three had told Gardai that he was alone on a ward at St John’s Hospital in Sligo with eight other patients at the time and had acted “in a moment of complete stupidity.”

On June 26 last year, while dealing with eight other patients, Paden claimed that one of them had been shouting and upsetting another patient suffering from cancer.

The victim was Kevin Quinn, a 49-year-old patient of the hospital who has needed 24-hour care since suffering a brain haemorrhage 13 years ago.

Mr Quinn had been shouting and the nurse claimed he had rubbed his shoulders to reassure him but when this failed to calm him, he had placed the tape over this mouth.

Today Mr Quinn’s brother Christy broke down in the witness box as he told Judge Kilrane that when he now visits him at St John’s, he pushes away his hand when he tries to reassure him.

The judge asked defence solicitor Mark Mullaney to read the conclusions of an HSE investigation into the incident.

The report found Paden’s workload allocated workload was “inequitable and unsafe.”

He had worked in a “risky working environment with little support and inadequate management.”

The report found the nurse was "deeply remorseful" and clearly working under "extreme stress."

Judge Kilrane adjourned the case until April 10 for mention.

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