WITHERBEE - A pair of Essex county nurses have been arrested for causing severe trauma to a quadriplegic patient during a routine procedure and then failing to perform or seek any medical treatment for hours.
Anne Marcotte, 49, of Willsboro and Billie Jo O'Donnell, 38, of Witherbee, are both employees of the Horace Nye Nursing home in Elizabethtown.
Marcotte is a licensed practical nurse and O'Donnell is a registered nurse.
Marcotte and O'Donnell are each charged with reckless endangerment in the second degree, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, and willful violation of health laws, all misdemeanors.
They were arraigned in the Town of Elizabethtown Court, before the Honorable William Garrison and released on their own recognizance pending a future court appearance.
They face a maximum penalty of one year in jail if convicted.
According to court papers, in November 2008 Marcotte caused severe trauma to a quadriplegic patient during a routine catheter change.
Despite substantial bleeding, she failed to ensure that adequate and appropriate medical care was provided, or to seek emergency medical care for at least six hours.
O'Donnell never came to assist the patient despite being aware that an injury had occurred. The bleeding persisted for two weeks and ultimately required two trips to the emergency room. The resident expelled numerous blood clots and lost a substantial amount of blood causing physicians to order two blood transfusions and antibiotics.