Mr Trevor M Walsh

Profession: Paramedic

Registration Number: PA00065

Hearing Type: Final Hearing

Date and Time of hearing: 10:00 20/04/2021 End: 17:00 23/04/2021

Location: Virtual via Video Conference

Panel: Conduct and Competence Committee
Outcome: Hearing has not yet been held

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Allegation

As a registered Paramedic (PA00065) your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of misconduct and/or lack of competence. In that:

1. On 05 July 2018, you attended to Patient X and you did not provide Patient X with
adequate care and treatment, in that you:

a) did not immobilise Patient X prior to moving them;

b) did not give Patient X pain relief prior to moving them;

c) did not place an oxygen mask on Patient X and/or administer a higher amount of oxygen to address their low oxygen saturations;

d) did not consider that Patient X’s symptoms was an indication of a traumatic injury;

e) did not use the Major Trauma tool when assessing Patient X;

f) did not convey Patient X to the nearest Major Trauma Centre;

g) did not conduct a full assessment on Patient X;

h) did not carry out further investigation to rule out tension pneumothorax when you observed diminished chest sounds on Patient X’s right side;

i) did not afford Patient X the choice in his treatment as you made assumptions when you
assessed them, specifically in relation to pain management and oxygen treatment;

j) did not conduct a full assessment Patient X’s injuries before moving them;

k) did not consider that Patient X’s reduced alertness level could have impacted their ability to
recount accurately what had happened.

2. On 05 July 2018, you acted outside your scope of practise as you used the scoop stretcher to scoop Patient X in a manner that you were not trained to use, specifically you used it without opening the scoop.

3. On 05 July 2018, you did not maintain adequate records, in that you did not complete
electronic Patient Report Form for Patient X in an adequate manner, specifically you did not:

a) make notes regarding your decision making and why immobilisation was not used;

b) make notes to show you gave Patient X fluids;

c) make notes to show you considered Patient X’s low saturations and/or tachycardia and/or low blood pressure and/or the fact that Patient X was cold on a hot day;

d) document that you completed a further top to toe survey with equal air entry evident on
Patient X;

e) document the possibility that Patient X had fallen from a height;

f) recognise the potential for a significant chest injury based on the observations;

g) consider that Patient X’s low blood pressure was an indication of a spinal
injury and/or other injuries;

h) record consideration for transport to a Major Trauma Centre and/or the use
of a helicopter;

j) show an assessment of Patient X’s pelvis and/or abdomen and/or chest;

k) make notes regarding your decision making to move Patient X.

4. On 05 July 2018, you did not provide sufficient information during the pre-alert call and/or
handover to the hospital in order to ensure a timely treatment for Patient X, specifically you
did not:

a) include the possibility that Patient X had fallen from a height;

b) request for a trauma call.

5. The matters set out in paragraphs 1a to 4b constitute misconduct and/or lack of
competence.

6. By reason of your misconduct and/or lack of competence your fitness to practise is
impaired.

Finding

No information currently available

Order

No information currently available

Notes

This is a Final Hearing taking place via video conference on Tuesday 20 April - Friday 23 April 2021 

Hearing History

History of Hearings for Mr Trevor M Walsh

Date Panel Hearing type Outcomes / Status
20/04/2021 Conduct and Competence Committee Final Hearing Hearing has not yet been held