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Home nurse 'left' pensioner with broken leg before he died

INVESTIGATED: Sarah Msika leaves the tribunal

AN AGENCY nurse left an elderly man lying on the floor with a broken leg before the pensioner died three days later, a tribunal has heard.

Sarah Msika had failed to see that the pensioner was injured when she visited his home near Norwich, Norfolk on August 3, 2011, it was claimed at tribunal at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

It is also alleged that Msika left the patient’s incontinent wife in her own faeces in the kitchen propped up against a table leg.

However, later that day healthcare assistants found the couple lying “in the same positions,” and took them to hospital.

The elderly man died three days later while his wife passed away six months after the incident.

David Clark, for the NMC, said: “On that visit both Patient A and her husband, Patient B, were siting in chairs and behaving normally.

“Msika visited the couple again on the following day, and was met with a very different scene.

“She found both Patient A and Patient B on the floor in different rooms. Patient A was in the kitchen, sitting partly propped up either against a table leg.

“Her husband Patient B was in the living room and he too was on the floor.

“He said that he was alright and he would get up in his own time.

“She (Msika) did not carry out an investigation, she didn’t check for injury, she didn’t ask him if he was injured in any way.”

It later emerged that the elderly man had fractured his leg, the hearing was told.

‘The registrant then went into the kitchen and dealt with Patient A,’ Clark said.

‘She made some attempts to clean the patient and she went and got some clean clothes for her.

‘It is our case that those attempts were inadequate and what she did was effectively leave the 79-year-old woman, half-sitting, half-lying on the kitchen floor in her own faeces’, Mr Clark said.

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