Via The Guardian: Ebola nurse Donna Wood could be struck off over Cafferkey screening. Excerpt:
A nurse once described as a hero after she volunteered to work in an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone faces the possibility of being struck off after being caught up in a botched screening at Heathrow.
Donna Wood has been found by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to have concealed the high temperature of her fellow volunteer Pauline Cafferkey when they landed at Heathrow a day before the Scottish nurse tested positive for the virus.
An independent panel of the NMC had charged her with recording a temperature for Cafferkey one degree lower than it was during a “chaotic” screening process on 28 December 2014.
At the end of a six-day hearing, the panel found this was not proved, but found that she was guilty of two other charges – that she had known Cafferkey had a high temperature and dishonestly concealed this and had failed to escalate the situation, knowing that a high temperature could be seen as a first indicator of Ebola.
Najrul Khasru, the chairman of the panel, said it had fully accepted that Wood’s desire to get out of the area quickly was the primary motivation of her actions. He said: “The panel found you made the suggestion to record Ms Cafferkey’s temperature 37.2C with the intention to conceal that Ms Cafferkey had a temperature higher than 38C from PHE screening staff in order to allow yourself and your group to leave the area sooner rather than later, and deal with it later.”
The panel will now consider whether the findings against Wood are serious enough to involve a sanction, which range from being struck off to having conditions imposed on her future practice as a nurse in Stoke-on-Trent, where she works in end-of-life care.
Wood categorically denied that she falsified Cafferkey’s records and raised questions about the competence of the screening system, which was described as “chaotic”.
The panel heard that in an attempt to help doctors and staff conducting screening at Heathrow airport, the medics decided they would take their own temperatures. Wood said she recalled seeing volunteer doctor Hannah Ryan with the thermometer, and that she had held it up to her at least once.
She said she could not remember whether she had written on any screening forms herself.
The panel could not prove she had written the incorrect temperature on Cafferkey’s forms but said it was satisfied she had dishonestly suggested it be recorded as such.