Nursing Errors and Medical Malpractice Claims (Part 2)

Nursing Errors and Medical Malpractice Claims (Part 2)


Posted February 12, 2014 by admin

The risk of nursing errors can increase when hospitals don’t staff enough nurses and/or don’t conduct background checks prior to hiring nurses.
The risk of nursing errors can increase when hospitals don’t staff enough nurses and/or don’t conduct background checks prior to hiring nurses.

Picking up from Nursing Errors and Medical Malpractice Claims (Part 1), the following continues the discussion regarding nursing negligence and how it can cause patients to develop serious, possibly fatal, injuries. While Part 1 of this blog focused on pointing out some of the most common types of mistakes that nurses can make when caring for patients, here in Part 2, we will discuss some of the circumstances that can substantially increase the possibility that nurses will make mistakes when they are administering care to patients.

When Nursing Errors Are Most Likely to Occur…

Some of the specific circumstances that can dramatically increase the chances that nurses will make mistakes and, consequently, injure patients include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • When hospitals or medical facilities do not hire enough nurses
  • When medical facilities fail to conduct the necessary background checks on nurses prior to hiring them (Such background checks can be critical to disclosing whether, for example, a particular individual has a history of negligence and/or criminal behaviors.)
  • When medical facilities require nurses to work especially long shifts
  • When medical facilities fail to provide nurses with essential supplies or the medical equipment necessary to provide the care that patients need (This can mean that either facilities entirely lack the necessary supplies or equipment, that there is insufficient supplies/equipment to go around and/or that the equipment is out-of-date or not properly working.)
  • When nurses are required to look after an excessive number of patients during a given shift (and, as a result, do not have the time to regularly check up on patients as needed)
  • When nurses may have an alcohol and/or drug addiction problem.

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