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14 Thursday, December 11, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Nurses charged with abuse located Continued from frontpage Court in Tonopah, that date has been postponed indefinitely. Both the prosecution and defense have agreed to a continu- ance in the proceedings and no date has been given as to when the hearing will occur. Paul is being represented by Harry King, a public de- NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS OF BEATTY, ROUND MOUNTAIN AND TONOPAH NYE COUNTY WILL BE MAKING THE FOL- LOWING CHANGES AT THE BEATrY, ROUND MOUNTAIN AND TONOPAH LANDFILLS EFFEC- TIVE JANUARY 5, 1998. THE CHANGES ARE BE- ING MADE TO BRING NYE COUNTY INTO COM- PLIANCE WITH THE STATE OF NEVADA SOLID WASTE REGULATIONS. THE LANDFILLS IN BEATTY, ROUND MOUN- TAIN AND TONOPAH WILL BE OPEN FR/DAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY ONLY, DUR- ING TH.E HOURS OF 7:00 A.M. UNTIL 4:00 P.M. THERE WILL BE NO GATE FEE FOR DUMPING AT THE LANDFILLS. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE A GATE OPERATOR ON DUTY TO OBSERVE MA- TERIALS BEING DISPOSED OF AT THOSE LOCA- TIONS. WE ARE PRECLUDED FROM ACCEPTING HAZ- ARDOUS MATERIALS ATTHOSE LANDFILLS. AP- PLIANCES WHICH CONTAIN REFRIGERANT, SUCH AS REFRIGERATORS AND FREEZIRS, MUST HAVE THE REFRIGERANT REMOVED BY A LI- CENSED REFRIGERATION SHOP, AND A TAG MUST BE AFFIXED TO THE APPLIANCE INDICAT- ING THAT THIS WAS DONE, THESE CHANGES ARE MANDATED BY THE STATE OF NEVADA SOLID WASTE REGULATIONS. fender in the Tonopah area. Calls the PVGazette made to his office were answered by his secretary who said that King wouldn't comment on the case as it was still pending. The charges stemmed from the alleged improper trans- portation of 92 year old Sarah McMurry, a Medicaid patient at NRMC. According to a criminal complaint file6 by Barbara Backman of the Attorney General's Office, McMurry was dropped on a shower room floor by Paul and Anderson after being moved by hand instead of through the aid of a machine called a Hoyer lift, as her chart had stated. The complaint further alleges that, in an effort to hide the incident from the rest of the medical center's staff, they enlisted the help of Rudolph, a supervising nurse who examined McMurry and claimed that she was not injured and that no accident had occurred. It was found a week later though, after being examined by her attending physician Dr. John Schwartz, that McMurry had suffered a dislo- cated shoulder and was in some pain. McMurry died from internal bleeding nine days after the incident allegedly occurred, though it is not believed by the Attorney General's Office that her death was directly related to the alleged shower room accident. According to Backman, the cover-up that followed focused on Anderson's statement to the other two nurses that they should keep the incident quiet. In an interview with Paul, Backman was told that Rudolph also ap- proached Paul requesting she sign a paper indicating that the Hoyer lift technique should be used at all times except in the shower room. Nearly a year after the alleged incident, the Attorney General's Office felt they had enough to go on to charge the three nurses. "The investigation is complete as it stands," Terry said. "That is why the charges have been brought. That is why we are seeking to have the other two in- volved to be apprehended." Jan McDonald, M.D. Dermatology Clinic of Nevada, Ltd. Harvard Medical School & Mayo Clinic Trained at Summit Family Health Care 1151 S. Hwy 160 Pahrump Station Call: 727-5509 Pahrump Medical Center 1501 E. Calvada Call: 727-6060 For Insurance/Billing Questions Call 1-800- 752-4338 Diseases of Skin Discoloration Diseases of Hair, Psoriasis Skin Cancer Cosmetic Laser Acne Surgery Spider Veins Chemical Peels Wrinkles Hair Restoration Skin Surgery Nail Disorders Moles Eczema "That is why the charges have been brought. That is why we are seeking to have the other two involved to be apprehended." Nevada Senator Harry Reid (D) said that he and Sena- tors Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin) and Charles Grassley (R- Iowa) have introduced a bill called the Patient Abuse Prevention Act. The bill would establish a national reg- istry that has records of all hospital and medical center employees. All instances of abuse or complaints will be on file to any medical employer. If the bill were passed all medical institutions would be required to check the reg- istry when interviewing a new applicant. Reid said that a lot of times an employee will be fired from one place and go to work for another without any sort of background check. Reid responded to the incident at NRMC by saying that he never likes to hear about abuse or im- proper procedures of any kind in the state's medical institutions. "It is a real tragedy," Reid said. "To think that people could be so careless when it comes to our patients, and then to try and cover it up. It is hard for me to understand." Already, Nevada has a registry created to aid medical employers in their search for the right employee. The legislation was established by Assemblyman Jack Close and Assemblywoman Vivian Freeman. Reid hopes he can establish the database nationwide. Reid said that in the last year there were a Couple hundred instances of complaints or abuse to patients in the state. The latest incident at NRMC reminded Reid of the rape of a patient that occurred at a Boulder City medical center last year. "They are rare, but Nevada seems to get the most grievous instances," he said. "No matter how rare they are they still happen more than we'd like." Officials at NRMC are confident that they can put this incident behind them. Interim Administrator Bill Welch said that it was an isolated incident and that he has a great staff of qualified, caring employees. While it is important to put the issue behind them, Welch said all of his employees are placing more emphasis on proper prOce- dures and care when dealing with patients. EDITOR'S NOTE: See following page for the complete affidavit of probable cause in support of criminal complaint and issuance of arrest warrant(s) in the matter of the State of Nevada vs. Bernice Fay Anderson, Patricia Perry Paul an d Jane Rudolph. The affidavit was ffledwith the Justice Court in Tonopah by Barbara Backman, of the Attorney General i i i i Installed NO Dish To Buy e limited lime oiler I , ?or. I - Dec. 31, 1997 $50 Rebate Coupon. 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