Vol. 16 Nbr. 10, October 2008
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- Opioid analgesic, respiratory depression: court upholds nursing negligence lawsuit.
- Epidural morphine: wrongful death lawsuit faults early discharge from the hospital.
- Fecal impaction: lapses in care lead to settlement.
- Alzheimer's: elopement leads to large verdict for wrongful death.
- Patient abuse: aide found guilty of misappropriation of property.
- Patient falls: facility ruled not liable based on nurse's safety inspection.
- Patient falls: no justification for restraints, facility ruled not liable.
- Post-surgical monitoring: anoxic brain injury blamed on nursing negligence.
- Confidentiality: charge nurse is fired, had copied, removed records for legal purposes.
- Emergency room: no record of cardiac complaints, suit dismissed.
- Bloodborne pathogens: employer pays travel, time for off-site medical care.
- Family-member interference: court sees harassment, upholds restraining order.
- Pediatric immunizations: new vaccine information materials.
- Prenatal care: lawsuit faults nurse practitioner.
- Risk management: court limits attorney-client privilege.
- Sexual assault: foreseeability is the key issue.
- Skin care: care plan was ignored.
- Neonatal intensive care: nurses faulted for delay in transfer.
- Psych: no fall-risk assessment done, negligence found.
- Smoking: unattended patient dies from burns, lawsuit focuses on patient safety assessment.