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State suspends two local paramedics

State suspends two local paramedics

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The state this month indefinitely suspended the credentials of two Cowlitz County paramedics accused of unprofessional conduct, according the State Department of Health.

County resident Marla Fleming-Nixon, a paramedic for the Lewis County Fire District, is accused of giving 20 mg of morphine to patients on eight occasions in 2011 without authorization from a hospital. Under county protocol, paramedics may administer a maximum of 10 mg of morphine to patients without permission.

In addition, on about four occasions in 2011, Fleming-Nixon forged the witness signatures of licensed health care workers required on documentation forms for controlled medications, according to a statement of charges.

Fleming-Nixon may not petition for reinstatement of her credential until she completes education courses on pain management, report writing and critical decision making and pays a fine of $500.

Stephen Pitts, a paramedic for American Medical Response in Cowlitz County, is accused of falsifying training and evaluation records required for his license. He did not take four education courses he claimed he’d attended in 2010, according to a statement of charges.

Before petitioning for reinstatement of his license, Pitts must take classes on ethics and critical decision making and several medical training courses.

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