Patient who had surgical tape placed over mouth was at 'highest level of dependency' - hearing
Nurse facing allegations of professional misconduct over the taping incident involving 'Patient A'
A vulnerable patient at the centre of a Nursing and Midwifery Board inquiry was at the highest level of dependency, the hearing was told.
It is alleged a nurse placed surgical tape over the patient's mouth.
Nurse Bimbo Paden said he had been given training on elder abuse, challenging behaviour and manual handling.
Mr Paden told the fourth day of the inquiry he always took his breaks during the day and his annual leave.
He is facing allegations of professional misconduct over the taping incident involving 'Patient A'.
It is claimed the incident took place on 26 June 2013 at St John's Community Hospital in Sligo.
He is being cross examined by Neasa Bird BL who is appearing for the Board.
Mr Paden had been at work for two-and-a-half hours when the incident occurred.
He described Patient A as being at at the highest level of dependency.
From around 10am on the day in question this patient was constantly shouting.
This led to another patient becoming agitated.
Mr Paden said it was a deliberate act to place the tape on the mouth of Patient A.
He was not impatient, but he could not explain why he adopted such a course of action.
He told Patient A what he was doing but he did not react.
Responding to questions, he said that no amount of concern for another patient could justify an act of abuse.