Carhart nurse should lose license for ‘incompetent and negligent conduct’: Nebraska Attorney General
BELLEVUE, NE, May 22, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The only licensed nurse at LeRoy Carhart's late-term abortion facility could lose her license for administering incorrect doses of drugs to pre-abortive women and deferring medical decisions to unlicensed employees.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning has filed a petition petition with Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to revoke the nurses license. The petition accuses Lindsey Creekmore of engaging in “a pattern of incompetent or negligent conduct” by administering the wrong doses of sedatives to 11 women undergoing abortions from January 2011 to March 2012.
She also deferred complex nursing care in the office's abortion recovery room to unlicensed staff, according to the complaint, which notes that Carhart's business was understaffed with appropriate medical personnel.
Creekmore has been an RN at Bellevue Health and Emergency Clinic, Inc. since September 2009.
“Clinic records show a significant pattern of substandard care practices that, in any surgical center, would endanger the health and safety of the public," said Bruning. "We are seeking [Creekmore's] license revocation.”
In all, the petition lodges nine counts of action with the state Department of Health and Human Services. It did not state if any of the women had suffered physical harm because of Creekmore's actions. The nurse will face a disciplinary hearing on August 5 before the Nebraska HHS Department's Public Health Division.
“This action proves that Carhart is operating a shoddy abortion business that endangers the lives of women through improper drugging and lack of proper post-operative monitoring, both violations of which can endanger the lives of patients,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “The Nebraska complaint against Creekmore validates our accusations. It is our belief that these allegations are just the tip of the iceberg.”
State pro-life leaders warn more action is needed to prevent future recurrences of this kind of medical malpractice. “Because Nebraska’s abortion facilities are not subject to regular inspection, this type of activity will continue to fly under the radar, posing risks to womens’ health,” said Julie Schmit-Albin, the Executive Director of Nebraska Right to Life, in a press release.
The case was built in part on the testimony of a former nurse in Carhart's Nebraska facility, lending credence to pro-life leader Mark Crutcher's recent statement that abortion employees “are starting to panic” at the notion of being held as accessories to crimes they have witnessed abortionists commiting.
Carhart is under fire in two time zones, with additional scrutiny pending over a patient who died in his care in Germantown, Maryland.
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The official death certificate confirms that Jennifer Morbelli died on February 7 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as a result of complications from an abortion conducted at 33-weeks gestation. Carhart, who was aware Morbelli had undergone a risky procedure, chose to leave town and could not be reached.
More than 6,000 citizens filed complaints against the late-term abortion provider over the death.
Carhart has denied he provides substandard care. However, the emergency contact for his facility rings to his horse equipment business, Horse Shows by Marilee.