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Nurse struck off after resuscitation attempt on care home resident with DNACPR notice

NMC panel ruled that Adeniyi Adesanya showed no evidence of remediation or remorse

NMC panel ruled that Adeniyi Adesanya showed no evidence of remediation, remorse or insight after the incident

A nurse has been struck off after attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a nursing home resident who had a do not attempt CPR (DNACPR) notice in place.

Adeniyi Adesanya, a nurse with more than 15 years’ experience, was the only nurse on duty on the night shift of 16-17 November 2018 at the 64-bed Woodland Manor Care Home in Buckinghamshire.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise (FtP) documents detail that during

NMC panel ruled that Adeniyi Adesanya showed no evidence of remediation, remorse or insight after the incident

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A nurse has been struck off after attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a nursing home resident who had a do not attempt CPR (DNACPR) notice in place.

Adeniyi Adesanya, a nurse with more than 15 years’ experience, was the only nurse on duty on the night shift of 16-17 November 2018 at the 64-bed Woodland Manor Care Home in Buckinghamshire.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) fitness to practise (FtP) documents detail that during the shift, a female resident with a DNACPR notice, who had frequently spoken of her wish not to be resuscitated, had a cardiac arrest and stopped breathing.

Mr Adesanya was found by the FtP panel to have attempted CPR on the resident, only stopping after paramedics, who had been called to the scene by the nurse, arrived and the DNACPR notice was produced.

No evidence of remediation, remorse or insight from the nurse

The panel noted that Mr Adesanya should have known the resident had a DNACPR notice as it had been in place for 17 months and residents’ DNACPR status was recorded on a whiteboard in the home’s medication room. In addition, Mr Adesanya had been reminded about the resident’s notice at the handover shift that night.

Furthermore, the panel also found that Mr Adesanya had been dishonest by failing to update the resident’s care plan recording the resuscitation attempt and for telling the care home manager that he had not attempted CPR.

Deciding on the sanction on 2 July, the panel noted that while the misconduct was a single incident that could be remediated, Mr Adesanya had shown no evidence of remediation, remorse or insight and he had been dishonest about the event.

Considering the serious nature of the case, the panel decided that Mr Adesanya, who did not attend the hearing, should be struck off the NMC register. Mr Adesanya has 28 days to appeal the order and until then an interim suspension will be in place.

A spokesperson for Porthaven Care Homes, which manages the Woodlands Manor facility, said an investigation was launched following the incident resulting in in a referral to the NMC and Mr Adesanya's dismissal on 21 January 2019.


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