A NURSE who attempted to inject a patient with unsterilised water has been struck off. 

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said the decision was made to “protect the public” as there was a “real risk of patient harm”.

Benjamin Ohisemuzaimen Isaiah was an agency staff member at the Critical Care unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

He was suspended in 2016 by the NMC for a series of errors.

While working in 2014, Mr Isaiah was found to have drawn up unsterilised water into a syringe before attempting to inject into a patient’s catheter.

It also found that during a night shift on May 14 of that year, he failed to write any nursing notes for a patient. 

The day after, Mr Isaiah made a catalogue of errors while treating another patient in the unit. 

During the treatment, the committee found he failed to carry out adequate blood sugar level checks, did not record the patient had a “hypo” on the nursing plan, and failed to turn off the patient’s insulin infusion without intervention from a colleague.

The blunders led to an investigation by the NMC.

It was found that Mr Isaiah failed to inform an employer about this investigation. 

A NMC committee met on July 8 to consider Mr Isaiah’s fitness to practice.

It reviewed whether the conditions set out by a previous panel in 2016 had been adhered to.

The committee’s report said: “This panel is of the view that Mr Isaiah has recurrently breached or been non complaint with the conditions of practice imposed on him at earlier hearings.

“In reaching its decision, the panel was mindful of the need to protect the public, maintain public confidence in the profession and to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and performance.”

It added that Mr Isaiah had not addressed the impact his poor practice could have had on his patients at the time.

The panel also said he had “not expressed remorse”. 

It concluded: “In these circumstances, the panel reluctantly concluded that a striking-off order had become the only order which would adequately protect the public and serve the public interest, and maintain confidence in the NMC as a regulator. 

“Mr Isaiah’s failings are wide-ranging, have not been remediated, and present a real risk of patient harm. Furthermore, his failure to address these failings, despite being given ample opportunity to do so, is, in the view of the panel, is fundamentally incompatible with ongoing registration.”