Vol. 16 Nbr. 1, January 2008
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- Patient-controlled analgesia: jury relates patient's death to nursing negligence.
- Defamation: employee can sue over theft allegations.
- Eye surgery: ice pack, Velcro strap lead to total blindness.
- Heated IV bag: surgical patient sues for burn.
- Transport: aspiration pneumonia caused by aide's negligence.
- Disability discrimination: no duty to accommodate permanent medical restrictions.
- Patient neglect: CMS Proposal to allow aides to resume working after one episode of neglect.
- Chemical dependency: hospital not required to accommodate restrictions re narcotics, no disability discrimination.
- Newsletter now online.
- Sexual harassment by a patient: nurse covered by worker's comp.
- Fall: facility faulted, no toileting schedule.
- Misconduct: caregiver fired for sleeping while on duty, medication use no defense.
- Harassment: supervisor fired, failed to investigate.
- Labor law: employer must show a majority favor union decertification.
- Obstetrics: court faults caregivers over inadequate history.
- Telephone advice: nurse not negligent.
- Chemotherapy: nurse ruled negligent.
- Pediatric care, dehydration: brain damage traced to nursing negligence.
- Identity theft: stolen personal information must have been taken from office medical chart.
- Organ transplantation: patient rejected for psychiatric illnesses, hospital did not commit disability discrimination.