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How To Avoid Nurse Malpractice

April 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Malpractice Insurance

In the last five years, the number of cases related to nursing malpractice has risen considerably. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, RNs or Registered Nurses are now being held liable for negligence and malpractice; such as, errors on documentation, failure to assess or intervene, and medication errors.

Medical malpractice is generally defined as negligence on the part of a physician, nurse, EMT, hospital or other health care professionals. Negligence is at par with failure to perform medical obligations under normal standard of care. The nurses are also involved when patients get injured either physically and/or mentally as results of medical malpractice.

Due to current shortage of nursing professionals in the US, nurses on the job are inevitably overloaded with work and duties. Nurses are not getting enough rest that they need to stay alert at all times due to longer shifts. Inattentiveness often leads to medical mistakes that cause serious harm to patients.

Another root of the nurse malpractice is under qualification. Many practicing nurses lack training or did not complete the proper length of nursing education; thus medical malpractice sometimes occurs.

Even though nurses are less visible than doctors, nursing practitioners are not less significant whenever medical malpractice takes place. To avoid making fatal mistakes, nurses should always observe the following ‘standards of care’:

* Proper documentation

* Administer treatment at once

* Proper use of medical device

* Report the changes in patient’s condition at once

* Obtain patient consent

* Follow correct medical procedure

Depending on the circumstances, victims of nurse malpractice may be entitled to compensation for such things as medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, and other losses. When the medical malpractice results in death, members of the family may file a claim for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and loss of support, to name a few.

There are strict legal deadlines in nurse malpractice cases, so it’s important to have your case evaluated by an experienced medical lawyer if you believe malpractice has occurred.

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