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Patient’s mouth is taped up by nurse

A NURSE taped over a patient’s mouth and told him ‘that will keep you quiet’, a disciplinary panel heard.

Beaullah Ntsulumbana stuck medical tape over the mouth of a distressed elderly man who was shouting ‘go away’ at anyone who approached him during a night shift. She also told him ‘I will shoot you’ as he continued to make noise at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital.

Healthcare assistants saw Ntsulumbana tear off a strip of tape and stick it over the man’s mouth, leaving it there for around five minutes in March last year.

An unnamed colleague who gave evidence at the London hearing said: ‘Patient A was very noisy all night, and in the early hours of the morning the agency nurse taped his mouth shut to “keep him quiet”. She later told the patient three or four times that she would shoot him.’

Ntsulumbana claimed to have placed tape on her own mouth and made a ‘shh’ gesture before giving the patient tape, which she said he put on his own mouth.

In a judgment report, the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel said it would be ‘unlikely’ the patient would tape his own mouth, adding that Ntsulumbana’s remarks about shooting him ‘amounted to serious misconduct’. She was handed a four-year caution order that will appear on her fitness to practise record.