Nurses’ conduct unethical

2016-06-30 06:00

UPON arriving at a ward at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital on Monday 20 June, I found my husband sitting at the nurse’s table confused.
I took him back to his bed where there was a doctor waiting to be told that my husband was drunk and smelt of alcohol. The doctor told me the patients told the nurse that his wife had brought him alcohol the day before, which was not true.

It disturbs me that the nurses should listen to the patients and not do their own investigation. They cannot tell the difference between a drunk patient and a confused one.

I was told by a clinic sister that a patient in my husband’s condition gives off an odour that smells like alcohol. In the early hours of Tuesday morning he had another attack of being confused and died.

I find this unethical and hope no one else has to go through this experience.

Rose Korsten

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