Negligence Paper

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Negligence Paper Wrong site surgery has become a frequent incident in health care facilities across the nation. “Research in the US has suggested that wrong site surgery happens every 5-10 years, or one in 112,994 cases” (Edwards, 2008, p. 168). Recent studies have shown that despite the focus by governing bodies over wrong site surgery in the past few years, wrong site surgery continues to happen at an alarming rate of 40 times per week in the United States alone (“Wrong-site surgery still happens 40x/week”, 2011). Throughout this paper The Neighborhood newspaper article, “Amputation Mishap; Negligence”, will be discussed. There will be a differentiation between negligence, gross negligence, and malpractice. I will make a decision…show more content…
It states the procedure to be performed along with any possible complications that may occur. Educating the patient prior to signing the informed consent is required by law. Documentation of the surgical time-out should also be done to make sure that the entire team has an understanding and agrees with the procedure to be performed on that specific patient by a specific surgeon. If I were part of this situation in which a patient lost the wrong limb in surgery, the ethical principles that I would follow would be that of beneficence, non-maleficence, and fidelity. By promoting good and providing the safest care for my patient, I am providing the principle of beneficence. In contrast, by doing no harm to my patient, I am providing non-maleficence. I believe that I would be providing fidelity to my patient once I provide any kind of care. As a nurse it is my job and my duty to promise and commit to doing no harm to my patient. I believe that communication is the main reason problems occur in health care. It is crucial that the health care team works together as a team and communicates any issues or concerns throughout the process of patient care. No matter how many processes are put into place or how many checklists are followed, mistakes are going to be made unless proper communication occurs. Unfortunately, these mistakes are usually at the cost of safe patient care. According to Edwards (2008), “every

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