The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing has revoked the license of a nurse who allegedly failed to monitor the oxygen supply of a 3-year-old child, resulting in severe neurological damage to the boy.
Linda M. Jones, also known as Linda Prince, also fell asleep on two other occasions when she was supposed to be monitoring the oxygen supply of other critically ill patients, according to an order issued by Division Director J. Craig Jackson.The order states Jones left the 3-year-old boy unattended for a period of eight minutes in October 1992 while working for a Salt Lake City nursing services company, and the patient lapsed into a semi-conscious state. The boy subsequently suffered frequent seizures, vision loss and loss of mobility in his limbs, and died 10 months later, according to the order.
The division, an office of the state Department of Commerce, regulates and licenses more than 50 professions and occupations in Utah including physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, architects, engineers, contractors and cosmetologists. It oversees 117,000 individual licenses.
The following is a summary of investigations and actions taken by the division this week. All information is compiled from orders and other documents filed by the division:
- Emily Jonas surrendered her license to practice as a health-care assistant and nurse after failing to perform certain required duties in connection with a suicide death at a Salt Lake City hospital in October 1995.
- Deborah Ann Kidd, a nurse, was accused by the division of falsifying drug records to obtain Demerol for her own use, then injecting herself with the drug while working at a care center in Price in September 1995. The division is seeking sanctions against her.
- Karen R. Kremkau, also known as Karen Short, agreed to have her license to practice as a social worker placed on probation for 21/2 years. She admitted that while working under a temporary license, she wrote letters containing "questionable content" to an individual in custody of youth cor-rec-tions.
- Stuart Ludwig agreed to give up his license to practice psychology in Utah but admitted no wrongdoing in connection with having his California license revoked.
- M.T. Enterprises Inc., agreed to pay a fine of $200 and accept a reprimand for contracting without a license.
- Preston W. Fisher's registration to practice as a health-care provider was revoked after it was discovered Fisher pled guilty to a charge of theft in 3rd Circuit Court in 1993, then failed to mention the incident on his application for registration.
- Steven C. Slaughter's licenses to practice as a pharmacist and to dispense controlled substances were revoked, in part because he did not submit to some random drug tests required as a condition of his licensure.
- Sheri L. Smith, a nurse, was charged by division investigators with removing 23 methadone tablets from a prescription card while working at a Davis County hospital October 1995. The division is seeking sanctions against her.
- Karen L. Moritz, a nurse, is under investigation by the division for allegedly borrowing money from a patient to whom she was providing home health care and for allegedly exhibiting "a pattern of negligence" with patients under her care. The division has called for Moritz' license to be revoked.
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