Usually, the doctor is to blame for medical malpractice incidents. But there are several people involved in most medical procedures, which means someone else could be responsible. For example, nurses carry out many important tasks to monitor and maintain a patient’s condition. Here are some ways that medical malpractice is caused by nursing negligence.
Standard of Care
Every medical professional, including both doctors and nurses, is sworn to a strict standard of care. When it comes to how patients are treated, the standard of care dictates that doctors and nurses should provide the best care possible. When a nurse violates this standard of care, it means that they failed to deliver the proper level of care. The main question on determining the standard of care is whether a competent nurse in the same situation would have made the same choices.
Examples of Negligence
There are many ways that nursing negligence could manifest. Common types of nursing negligence include failing to monitor and report changes in a patient’s vital signs or failing to react promptly in an emergency situation. Also, nursing negligence includes medication errors, such as administering the wrong dosage of medicine, equipment errors, as well as improperly filling out medical charts for the patient.
One of the main components of a successful case against nursing negligence is proving liability, and it is just as important as proving that the injury occurred as a result of malpractice. The question of liability is especially important when it comes to nursing negligence. Like doctors, many nurses are directly employed by the hospital. However, nurses are often under the direct supervision of a doctor as well. Each case is unique, so determining liability can be tricky. Depending on who the nurse answers to, the doctor or hospital could be liable for the nurse’s negligence.
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