The Scottish nurse quit after lying about the patient’s vital blood sugar levels


A Scottish nurse who lied about taking a patient’s vital blood sugar levels and then falsifying records to cover his tracks has been axed.

Darren Scott Diplexcito put the patient at “direct and serious risk of harm” by failing to take the four-hour measurements while he was working at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

Diplexcito is said to have “deliberately misled and compromised his colleagues” when he “falsified” the patient’s medical record by entering incorrect readings.

The nurse claimed he conducted the readings, but two charges related to the 2018 incident were found proven by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) disciplinary panel last week.

The NMC panel said Diplexcito “acted dishonestly” and his misconduct was described as “serious”. [and] despicable”, which would be “considered regrettable by professionals and the public”.

The nurse tried to cover his tracks while she worked at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley

Diplexcito had previously been suspended from nursing for nine months after lying to a family that their relative was still alive, even though the man had died hours earlier.

The sneaky nurse told the family over the phone that the man was “disturbed” after he died in an unnamed hospital in the NHS area of ​​Tayside in 2012.

Diplexcito has now been removed from the nursing registry following the NMC disciplinary hearing, which took place practically last week.

The panel heard evidence from a colleague who said it was “unlikely” that blood glucose levels were taken while the patient had been sleeping and that the procedure involved the “pricking” of a finger.

A second colleague said that all blood glucose values ​​were measured with an electronic tool and the results are automatically recorded in a central archive system.

The nurse said no information has ever been recorded in the system that Diplexcito took the measurements at the times he stated.

In a written response to the allegations, Diplexcito said: “I have remained steadfast in my response to these allegations and am more than aware of the blood glucose monitoring system and the audit trail and the results being recorded in a central database so why should I.” mistakenly record these records?

The NMC decision said: “The panel found that Mr. Diplexcito’s actions fell well below the standards expected of a registered nurse.

“It considered that Mr Diplexcito’s misconduct was serious and heinous and would be considered regrettable by members of the profession and the public.

“The panel believed that patient B had been left unchecked overnight due to Mr Diplexcito’s failure to perform blood glucose checks and falsification of blood glucose readings, putting patient B at real risk of serious harm.

“Patient B was particularly at risk as he was on a ward one level below high dependency, requiring close and frequent monitoring.

“He was also vulnerable overnight in his sleep.

“The panel felt that Mr. Diplexcito had a callous disregard for the well-being of a vulnerable patient.”

The NMC panel also found that another four charges related to Diplexcito, who failed to take scans and measurements, were unproven.

Diplexcito was suspended from the NMC for nine months in 2014 after telling the family of a critically ill patient that the man was still alive, despite knowing he had died hours earlier.

The nurse then informed the family who arrived at the hospital that their loved one had died just five minutes earlier.

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