A NURSE has been suspended for stabbing a needle into a patient’s stomach after protests she didn’t need another dose.

Mangayarkarasi Krishnaswamy was told her fitness to practice was impaired for the misconduct, after the diabetic woman suffered a hypoglycaemia attack in the middle of the night as a result.

While an agency nurse for Ayrshire and Arran NHS Trust, Krishnaswamy also failed to record that she did not consent to the drug, did not observe her blood glucose levels beforehand or record it appropriately.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council previously found Krishnaswamy’s actions were dishonest.

And during a virtual hearing last month, Krishnaswamy was given a six-month suspension order for the misconduct.

The patient was admitted after having a fall at home and was taking medication for diabetes three times a day.

This was the fourth administration of that day. The resident alleged that she was informed at bedtime that she was supposed to be administered with an additional two units of her medication.

The patient told the nurse she did not want to take it as it may bring on a hypoglycaemic attack.

She told the hearing that Krishnaswamy insisted that she take it and when she refused to self-administer it, injected it into her stomach.