Essay about Hospital Negligence

1237 Words Nov 24th, 2011 5 Pages
Hospital Negligence
LaTonya Jefferson
HCS 478
September 26, 2011

Negligence is defined as conduct lacking in due care and is equated with carelessness (Guido, 2010). An act can be considered negligent if it is a deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would do or what they would not do. At the Neighborhood Hospital, negligence has been cited due to the wrong limb being amputated on a patient. We will look at negligence vs. malpractice and whether the circumstances presented indicates negligence, as well as whether or not there is a case to pursue malpractice. As stated above, negligence is an injury that is caused by carelessness, but the injury is not intended. Gross negligence is caused when someone
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For instance, if the surgeon was in a hurry and thought he knew for sure which leg was going to be amputated and failed to double check with the chart and others in the room, does that mean he should have foreseen the consequences? Negligence also has to have causation, which means that the injury was a direct result of the breach of duty owed to the patient (Guido, 2010). This particular case shows direct causation between breach of duty and injury. The surgical staff failed somewhere to ensure that the patient’s correct limb was being amputated, causing the patient to lose a good leg. Therefore, something was done that should not have been done which caused direct injury to the patient, which is the loss of a functioning limb. The patient is most likely entitled to a damages award because he has suffered permanent damages that will probably impact his quality of life and will cost him additional medical costs in the future. Because most of these elements are present, I agree that the hospital was negligent and can be sued for malpractice. From 1995 to 2005, the Joint Commission sentinel events statistics database ranked wrong site surgery as the second most frequently reported event (Devine, Chutkan, Norvell, and Detorri, 2010). Effective communication and documentation is essential in providing safe patient care. Documentation such as surgeons’

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