A CARDIAC nurse who left a heart attack patient to die alone and used the wrong syringe on a woman can keep her job after a misconduct panel put her mistakes down to a "lack of judgment".
Anitha Kuttappan, 42, admitted leaving "Patient A" waiting for a scan at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in January 2006. The 43-year-old man died hours later after repeated attempts to resuscitate him failed, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
Kuttappan also used the wrong syringe on patient B, 41, at the same hospital on July 12, 2006. It was claimed the blunder risked exposing the woman to infection by removing it for 10 minutes without placing a sterile cap on the surgically implanted line into her body.
The nurse, who has 15 years' nursing experience, admitted a series of charges in a long-running NMC case.
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