Records: Iowa veteran died after alarms shut off

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Records show a 65-year-old Army veteran died in March at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital after a nurse shut off monitoring alarms that would have signaled he needed care.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1c2gXOn ) Greg Smith, a human resources specialist for VA Central Iowa Health Care System, testified at a recent public hearing about registered nurse Bernard Nesbit. Nesbit was subsequently fired for the incident and was seeking unemployment benefits. They were later denied.

Nesbit testified that he turned off several alarms because they went off even if patients weren’t in distress. Michael Deal died after oxygen levels in his blood dropped.

Hospital spokesman Dwayne Rider says the case remains confidential, and he cannot discuss if Nesbit’s actions have been reported to the Iowa Board of Nursing.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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