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What’s a medical error? Part 2

What’s a medical error? Part 2


staffI was talking to my son and his girlfriend about medical errors and he asked me to define them. Here are some more cases we have handled.
See part 1 for more.

  • the oncology patient who suffered from a large extravasation of a chemotherapeutic drug;
  • the patient who fell off the operating room table because the nurse did not apply safety straps;
  • the patient whose swollen leg was not reported to the physician on the day of discharge, and who died of a pulmonary embolism shortly after discharge
  • the man who jumped through a window because the nurse did not recognize the need to start one to one supervision
  • the surgical patient diagnosed with a retained sponge despite the “correct” sponge count;
  • the nursing home patient scalded in a bathtub;
  • the psychiatric patient who had a history of suicidal ideation and attempts, who was unmonitored, left the hospital, and hung himself in the nearby woods;
  • the pediatric patient who went into respiratory distress and whose home care nurse asked his father to come home instead of following directions to call 911;
  • the nursing home patient who fractured two hips after being dropped out of a hydraulic lift by a nursing assistant, who did not report the incident;
  • the postoperative woman who experienced intra-abdominal hemorrhage and subsequent shock that went undetected by the Post Anesthesia Care Unit nurse.
  • untold numbers of pressure sore cases

It is a dangerous world.

Med League is a legal nurse consulting firm that assists attorneys handling cases involving medical negligence, personal injury and other litigation with medical issues at stake. Med League nurses have expertise in analyzing medical records for inconsistencies and abnormalities. Contact us for a deep medical analysis of your case.

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