Are Physicians Being Sued Unfairly? As with any field there are the good, the bad and the ugly. Unfortunately we tend to hear the most about the bad and the ugly. The media is famous for spinning the negative side of a story to the public. You’ll hear about a doctor killing
3:2 Please see and refer to 2:2 of this unit. 3:4 Describe actions to take in relation to identified risks. All identified risks should be reported to the nurse or the line manager on duty so it can be corrected/amended and a new risk assessment can be put in place. This also should be documented appropriately.
Integrity is the Even if no one found out about this mistake, eventually it could happen again if you don’t take the necessary steps to correct your mistake, and this time it could be deadly for your patient.
Physician Impairment: University Hospital University Hospital is a well known hospital with a level 1 trauma treatment center for the tri-county area of a northwestern state, the hospital enjoys the fact they are known for their promising reputation among healthcare professionals and the public they serve. Jan Adams is an OR supervisor that has been working there for ten years, as a professional she makes surgeons follow protocol as required and enjoys working with trauma patients. One Friday night, which is the busiest day of the week for the trauma department; the unit was notified that a helicopter was on its way with a 42 year old man who had been in a car accident. Shortly after the patient arrived to the trauma center, the resident and other medical staff noted that he was in very bad physical conditions, needed immediate surgery or otherwise he was going to die. The issue was that the on call surgeon had to be present during the surgery and had not yet arrived, but regardless of the matter and protocol they proceeded with medically treating the patient immediately. The concern is that in doing so they violated medical procedures and put the patients safety at risk, this lead to a long list of ethical issues for example, patient well-being, impaired healthcare professional, adherence to professional codes of ethical conduct, adherence to the organization’s mission statement, ethical standards, and values statements, management’s role and responsibility, failure
Evaluation As with all emergency situations we attend our number one priority is safety and being aware of any potential danger on scene. Responsibility for safety is everybody’s individual duty and covers myself, my colleagues, the patient, relatives and any other agencies attending the scene. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) states I should take reasonable care for my own health and safety and also for others who may be affected by my actions or omissions. At this particular incident everything was safe.
Lastly, in the surgery theatre, misidentification may happen due to the same factors formerly mention plus failure to mark site/side of surgery, failure to properly perform time-out, and multiple surgical teams (Chan et al., 2010). To analyze the risk for these errors, few factors will be analyzed including human factors (staffing, scheduling, supervision, and qualification), equipment and technology (scanners, computers, and software), Communication (between staff and patients, between staff, between staff and physician, between physician and patient, and between units), environmental factors (physical, safety, security, and preparedness), and procedures and policies (planning, staff education, patient education, protocols, patient identification, and patient observation) (Chan et al., 2010).
The patient was located on the fifth floor and as I was bringing them down the elevator, there was a family member of a patient in the elevator. Under HIPAA regulations, I cannot allow others to view the patient confidential information that I had in my hand. As we got to our stop I told the patient to follow me through the mechanical doors. I told the patient to wait in cubical 2 and that the nurse will be with then in a few moments. In addition, I will be getting them a warm blanket once I come back. I headed to leave the binder at the receptionist desk in the OR where they had another patient pick-up waiting for me. Before I left, I went to get the patient a warm blanket from the storage area that had temperature control. I gave it to the patient and left. Ronnie saw me and asked me if I did the patient pick-up alone, I said yes and he was surprised. Usually he needed to teach others in order to know what exactly they had to do. The only reason why I knew that I had to do everything that I did was because Ronnie told me everything verbally. He did not have to show me what to
This case is extremely relevant to what is known as the four D’s of negligence; duty, dereliction, direct cause and damages. Duty is when a doctor and a patient have formed a relationship and said doctor has taken on the responsibility of taking care of the patient. Dereliction or failure to perform a duty, there must be some kind of proof that the doctor somehow neglected the doctor neglected the patient. Direct cause, there must be some kind of proof that what happened to the patient was a direct cause of how the doctor conducted himself or his failure to act which resulted in injury. Damages a patient must prove that harm was incurred by the direct result of the physicians actions.
Medical Error on Physician Samantha Diaz Carrington College 04/18/17 Medical Error on Physician As a medical assistant, we all know that we commit errors daily, as well as other people. As a medical assistant, I know that it is very important to follow the rules and procedures to prevent any incidents from happening.
There are many different roles in a workplace and though it does not list other employees at the doctor’s office, human resources and managers are usually responsible for the proper training of HIPAA. Many offices will have how to prevent HIPAA mistakes, and how to report them when mistake are made. It is also the job of
Clinical Tip #24 If you create a mistake while exposing radiographs on a patient, never say “Oops.” Patients need reassurance that the treatment they are receiving is done in a professional, correct manner. Just continue on with their radiographic treatment.
In November 2015 , during the first block of clinical placement , a critical incident occurred in the theatre during a knee ORIF surgical procedure . The procedure involves re-alignment of broken bones which are held together by surgical implants such as metal plate , rod , and screws . The team involved in the procedure were an orthopaedic surgeon , a consultant , an anaesthetist , a theatre nurse , a scrub nurse , a radiographer , and a student radiographer . During the procedure , the patient was under general anaesthesia where an incision was made at the site of the injury to repair the fracture . Protocols were adhered to , and a 'WHO ' check was carried out . The role of the radiographer was to operate the C-arm fluoroscopy in carrying out series of x-rays as requested by the orthopaedic surgeon . The student radiographer 's role was to observe and assist the radiographer when required . During the procedure the student was asked by the radiographer to operate the C-arm fluoroscopy . Whilst screening , the orthopaedic surgeon requested a lateral view of the knee , and as the student radiographer was positioning the C-arm fluoroscopy for the lateral view , the orthopaedic surgeon became very impatient and told the student radiographer in the harsh tone " if you can 't turn the nob to rotate the C-arm you shouldn 't be in the university " . The student radiographer felt embarrassed , upset and flustered and could not proceed . So he asked the radiographer to take over
The scenario provided above illustrate the condition where the safe practice in healthcare system in jeopardy. I think it is it is the nurse’s duty to the patient and coworkers to relay the facts to the chain of commands, starts to the nurse manager and to the house and so
Quality and Safety Issue Wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong patient errors are avoidable safety issues. Nearly 1.9 trillion dollars are spent on medical errors each year in the United States (Catalano & Fickenscher, 2008). Between 1995 and 2007, 691 wrong-site surgeries have been reported to The Joint Commission's Sentinel Event data repository (AHC Media LLC, 2008). In 2003 in response to the outcry for better patient safety The Joint Commission
Other actions that I would take is to discuss the patient scenario with the patient care committee, Pozgar states, “ The patient care committee reviews the quality of patient care rendered in the organization and makes recommendations for improvement of such care” (P.146). The