The actions of an aged-care nurse who was alone with an 83-year-old patient when she broke her ankle have come under the spotlight at a coronial inquest.
Deputy State Coroner Evelyn Vicker yesterday started investigating the death of Violet Beatrice Webb, who was a high-care patient at the McMahon Caring Centre, now the Amaroo Aged Care Facility, in Gosnells when she broke her ankle in mysterious circumstances on October 22, 2009.
The only other person in her room was registered nurse Michael Schneider, who the inquest was told gave three different versions of events on what happened to Mrs Webb to his superiors and police.
Mrs Webb's care plan had been changed before her death, requiring two people at all times to move her. Two care assistants testified yesterday that Mr Schneider asked them to help pick up Mrs Webb off the ground and when they saw Mrs Webb, who they said did not appear to be in pain, she was bleeding profusely from her right ankle.
Mr Schneider called an ambulance but Mrs Webb died in hospital on November 9, 2009.
The nurses' board found Mr Schneider had been incompetent by not following Mrs Webb's care plan and failing to adequately report the incident. Facility manager at the time, Diane Winship, said Mr Schneider changed his story when describing what had happened.The inquest has been adjourned to allow Mr Schneider to seek legal advice or representation.
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