NHS medic struck off for giving herself laughing gas during operations

NHS medic is struck off for giving herself laughing gas during operations – after she claimed to colleagues that she just was testing the equipment

  • Ruramayi Runzirwayi used anaesthetic tools to self administer nitrous oxide
  • When caught inhaling the gas, she claimed she was making sure it worked
  • Allegations related to three incidents – 8 월 2018 and two in February 2019
  • She was seen holding the breathing circuit near her face and once in her mouth
  • The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service concluded it was misconduct
  • She was thrown out of the profession for putting patients at risk, committee said
  • NHS medic has been struck off for giving herself laughing gas during operations after claiming to colleagues she was just testing the equipment.

    Surgical worker Ruramayi Runzirwayi used anaesthetic equipment to self-administer nitrous oxide and oxygen on multiple occasions.

    When colleagues caught the operating department practitioner (ODP) inhaling the pain killing gasalso known as ‘hippy crack’ – she claimed she was making sure the equipment worked, a disciplinary hearing was told.

    The allegations related to three separate incidents. 그리고 최근에는 우주복을 입고 시뮬레이터에 앉아 있다고 자랑했습니다., while working for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in August 2018, Miss Runzirwayi was seen holding the breathing circuit near her face and then later seen with the patient end of the breathing circuit in her mouth.

    그러다 2월에 12 그리고 2 월 13, 2019, while working for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she was seen with the breathing circuit near her face and neck with the oxygen and nitrous oxide flowmeters turned on.

    Miss Runzirwayi has now been thrown out of the profession after a committee of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service found her actions amounted to misconduct, having put patients at risk.

    Ruramayi Runzirwayi was seen holding the breathing circuit near her face and then later seen with the patient end of the breathing circuit in her mouth while working at the Good Hope Hospital (사진) for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in August 2018

    Ruramayi Runzirwayi was seen holding the breathing circuit near her face and then later seen with the patient end of the breathing circuit in her mouth while working at the Good Hope Hospital (사진) for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in August 2018

    The committee heard she qualified as an ODP in September 2017, less than a year before the first incident. The role involves preparing instruments and equipment for doctors ahead of people undergoing surgery.

    8 월 2018 Miss Runzirwayi was working through an agency at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, 웨스트 미들랜드, having started there in July 2018.

    She was working as an assistant to a consultant anaesthetist, referred to only as Dr JE.

    He told the committee that after the second operation of the afternoon session he saw Miss Runzirwayi holding the end of a plastic tube which carries anaesthetic gases to the patientknown as a Bain circuitclose to her face.

    나중, after the third surgery, he again saw Miss Runzirwayi in the same room, holding the end of the Bain circuit to her face while standing in front of the anaesthetic machine.

    On this occasion Dr JE said he saw the nitrous oxide flow was turned up to near the top of its range, while the amount of oxygen was turned down.

    When the consultant asked her what she was doing, Miss Runzirwayi claimed there was a fault with the machine.

    Dr JE said he expressed his concerns to a senior nurse at the hospital, before returning to the anaesthetic room.

    He again saw Miss Runzirwayi standing in front of anaesthetic machine, this time with the tube inside her mouth. He ran to tell the senior sister and they were both able to see what happened by looking through windows in the door to the room, [object Window].

    When she was confronted about this incident, Miss Runzirwayi accepted she had inhaled nitrous oxide and that she had lied about the machine not working.

    Her agency was informed and she did not return to the hospital.

    The committee then heard about a similar incident on February 12, 2019, while Miss Runzirwayi was working through a different agency at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, 옥스퍼드 셔.

    Dr AM, a consultant anaesthetist, saw her in an anaesthetic room sitting on a chair, holding the anaesthetic circuit to her mouth and nose.

    He said the nitrous oxide and oxygen flows were turned on and when he confronted Miss Runzirwayi she told him she had hurt her leg.

    다음날 – 이월 13, 2019 – at the same hospital, a deputy theatre manager found Miss Runzirwayi sitting next to an anaesthetic machine with her elbows on her knees.

    The committee heard Miss Runzirwayi was seen holding the breathing circuit near her face and neck while working through a different agency at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (사진) 옥스포드, 옥스퍼드 셔

    The committee heard Miss Runzirwayi was seen holding the breathing circuit near her face and neck while working through a different agency at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (사진) 옥스포드, 옥스퍼드 셔

    The committee heard the machine was on with nitrous oxide and oxygen flowing. The circuit from the anaesthetic machine was in her hands going up between her breasts and her head was slumped down, [object Window].

    The committee heard this incident happened while there was a patient in the operating theatre and the anaesthetic room Miss Runzirwayi was in was set up for the next patient.

    The committee ruled Miss Runzirwayi ‘put patients at unwarranted risk of harmby ‘inhaling nitrous oxide during her shift’.

    It concluded: ‘The nature of the serious breaches of (우리의) standards of conduct, performance and ethics mean that [Miss Runzirwayi] both breached fundamental tenets of her profession and brought it into disrepute.

    ‘The misconduct found included a breach of trust and abuse of [그녀] professional position.

    The hearing was told the Miss Runzirwayi submitted a letter to the panel in November 2021 and referred to ‘personal difficultiesshe was experiencing at the time, what she had done since the time of the incidents and her wishes for future work as an ODP.

    The committee said it had no other option but to strike her off as there was ‘insufficient evidenceher actions would not be repeated, which put patients at risk of harm.