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article imageNurses fired for taping patient's mouth shut

By Owen Weldon     Dec 26, 2011 in World
A hospital located in Utah, fired a couple of nurses after they taped a patient's mouth shut, according to hospital officials.
The two nurses worked in the intensive care unit of the hospital. One was a male nurse and the other was a female nurse. The pair were fired earlier in the week for taping a patient’s mouth shut, and even laughing about it.
The patient, Penny Artalejo, went to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo on December 17, according to the Washington Post. She was admitted to the hospital with anxiety and nausea, as a result from taking meds for neck pain.
According to CBS, Artalejo’s daughter, Brittany Bilson, said that Artalejo’s teeth were chattering. Bilson said the nurses then told Artalejo to shut up, then proceeded to tape her mouth shut. The nurses even joked that they could get fired if caught.
After the incident occurred, Bilson contacted hospital officials and reported the incident.
Janet Frank is a spokeswoman for the hospital, and she said that the nurses were fired on Wednesday. There was a full investigation, according to Frank.
Frank said that the incident was very isolated, but the hospital is 100% committed to providing compassionate care and quality care. Frank went onto say that the allegations went against the hospital’s commitment.
Frank said that the Utah’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing is aware of the incident, as it has been reported to them. The nurses did not have their names released.
Bilson agrees with the dismissal, saying that it was the appropriate action to take.
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