Vol. 17 Nbr. 3, March 2009
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- Substandard nursing practice: employment termination, license probation upheld.
- Choking: brain injury patient served burrito.
- Emergency room: cardiac patient's care delayed.
- Fall: nurses neglected to catheterize the patient.
- Home health: MS patient's care plan not adequate.
- Medication error: jury awards damages.
- Neonatal intensive care: nurses delayed reporting to physician.
- Fall: no nursing negligence, lawsuit dismissed.
- Single person transfer: fall, death, sizeable verdict for the family.
- Babies switched in nursery: court allows one of the mothers to sue for damages.
- Epidural: high-spinal block during catheter replacement.
- Wrongful termination: nurse refused to alter chart, has grounds for a lawsuit.
- Hearing-impaired nurse: court discusses disability discrimination issues.
- ICU: alarms sound, nurse does not respond, hypoxic brain injury results.
- Arbitration: patient did not sign, spouse had no authority, case will go to jury.
- E.R.: pediatric patient now paralyzed due to nurse's negligence.
- HIPAA: spouse has authority to obtain medical records after death, court says.
- Emergency room: court faults nurse's assessment, relies on nursing expert.
- Transfer delayed: nurses should have notified the physician.
- Call light not answered, patient falls, dies: nursing facility found liable to patient's family.
- Nurse as patient's advocate: nurses' inaction had no effect on outcome, court says.
- Post-op care: neurosurgery patient had eluded restraints, yet no sitter was ordered.