RN Pamela Mason – not proven

19 Mar 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse Pamela Mason before a Nursing Professional Standards Committee (‘the Committee’), alleging that on 21 March 2016 she conducted an inadequate triage of an 18 month old patient at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.

The Commission alleged that Ms Mason failed to:

  • measure the child’s respiratory rate, 
  • document her unsuccessful efforts to do so, 
  • document any relevant clinical findings about respiratory distress,  
  • document sufficient information about the child’s hydration, failed to document capillary refill results, and 
  • record objective clinical information. 

The Commission also alleged that Ms Mason failed to discuss with other clinicians whether the child should be considered for the NSW Health sepsis pathway.

In its decision of 17 January 2020 the Committee found that while Ms Mason’s triage was weak in some respects, and looked unfavourably upon Ms Mason’s previous practice of only recording ‘abnormal’ observations and following procedures without questioning them. However, the concerns were not found to amount to unsatisfactory professional conduct and no protective orders were made.

A copy of the Committee’s decision is attached.     

Further Information

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.