Long Island Hospital fires nurse who beat up newborn in NICU
first time parent Consulate of Saravia And Fidel Sinclair heartbreaking to see a nurse put their newborn baby in the crib. At that time, their son Nikko only two days old.
Based on NBCNew York, Good Samaritan Hospital doctors kept the infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for antibiotic-related monitoring. The hospital is located on Long Island, New York.
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Fidel told the store that God sent him to check on his son. Despite the curtain covering the NICU area, Fidel could still see Nikko through a small opening. But what he saw was far from intensive care or gentle observation. Instead, the father filmed a nurse holding her crying son and seemingly slamming the boy’s face into the crib.
“If God hadn’t sent me to check on him, we would never have seen anything like that happen,” said Fidel. NBCNew York. “And it will continue to happen overnight not only with him but with other children as well.”
At the moment, Nikko is at home with her parents and is said to be unharmed from the nurse’s rough actions.
Hospital confirms termination of nurses in NICU collapse
The parent company of Good Samaritan Hospital, Catholic Health, issued a statement in response to the incident. The hospital fired the responsible nurse, but her identity was not released to the public.
“After learning of this incident, we took swift and immediate action, including conducting an investigation and subsequently firing the individual involved. Additionally, we have reported the individual to the Department of Health for further review. Keeping our patients safe remains our top concern.”
Fidel said that seeing Nikko hit him “broke” him. Although he didn’t know what to do, he showed Consuelo the video. The mother reacted by confronting the nurse.
“I told her, ‘I don’t want you to touch my baby. You just hit him, she said NBCNew York. “She said, ‘Oh no, if you think I mishandled him or whatever, I’m sorry.
But Consuelo didn’t stop there. She alerted nurses and other managers to the incident by showing them the video. Since there were no security cameras in the NICU area, Fidel’s video played a key role in launching the investigation and subsequent firing squad.
Catholic Health also explains the use of curtains in the NICU area.
“It is standard procedure to close the blinds in the neonatal ICU to provide privacy for patients and their families and because services are being administered at the bedside. Immediate family members are allowed into the neonatal ICU to spend time with their loved ones.”