Nursing Errors

Nursing Errors and Mistakes

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Medical Malpractice can occur when doctors make mistakes. Nurses can also make mistakes resulting in devastating consequences or death. Nurses can dispense the wrong medication. Nurses can dispense medication to the wrong patient. Nurses can dispense the wrong dosage of a patient's medication.

Nursing Malpractice or Nursing Negligence can also occur when a nurse fails to notice a patient's change in condition or fails to report a patient's change in condition. It is also important that a nurse chart or make note of what is going on with the patient between doctor consults. Additionally, accurate verbal reporting is critical. It is this reporting, both verbal and on the patient's chart, that the doctor relies upon to properly treat his or her patient.

Permanent disabling injuries can occur where a nurse attempts to perform tasks beyond the range of his or her training, experience or abilities. Nurses can fail to recognize the significance of a patient's condition and, therefore, fail to perform urgent or emergent services in a timely fashion. Nurses can cause injury or even death if they fail properly and timely use devices such as syringes, medication pumps, blood pressure cuffs, defibrillators, etc.

Often there is concern that nurses are overworked and/or that hospitals or other medical facilities are understaffed. Nursing errors are more likely to occur when a nurse has been working too many shifts or too many hours or is trying to take care of too many patients. Overworked and/or poorly trained nurses can provide substandard care, resulting in injury or death.

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury or death due to a nurse's negligence, you are welcome and encouraged to contact Louisville & Kentucky medical malpractice attorney Brett Oppenheimer at Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC.

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