I‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ need a response to this discussion: Negligence is the brea

I‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ need a response to this discussion: Negligence is the breach of duty from the standard of care that another nurse would do in that situation. Four elements must be proven for nurse negligence to be established: duty, breach of standard of care, injury, and injury caused by the breach of standard of care (Austin, 2011). According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (n.d.), negligence is being careless by deviating from the standard of care that a reasonable person would use in a similar set of circumstances. Of the four elements discussed in the article, Stay Out of Court with Proper Documentation by Sally Austin, the element, the injury directly occurred due to a breach of standard of care is the most difficult to prove. The aforementioned element is the most difficult to prove because mistakes such as giving medications late or omitting medications do not necessarily lead directly to injury most times. According to Austin (2011), “the plaintiff must prove a direct connection to the nurse’s failure to provide care within the recognized standard” (). Unless the error is a gross disregard for standard of care, the patient is typically okay. In order for a patient to have suffered an injury from the inaction or action of a nurse, the error would have to be significant since nurses should only carry out orders. Furthermore, with the implementation of electronic medical records, incorrect dosages and required documentation‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍ is flagged so that the order cannot be placed and needed labs are made known. Scenario #1, where the patient died from cardiac arrest because of a mucus plug, is unfortunate. The patient communicated that he was having issues breathing, and his issue was neglected, which is sad because nurses are supposed to be their patients’ biggest advocators. The biggest takeaway from that scenario is to take patient concerns seriously. If a patient raises a concern that they are having trouble breathing, it should be communicated to the medical professional managing their care immediately. Furthermore, airway, breathing, and circulation issues are priorities and should never be overlooked or tabled. Most hospitals have a policy and procedure to help prevent mucus plugs for patients with endotracheal tubes and tracheostomies in place. In the mentioned scenario, I would have checked the patient to ensure they were not in any imminent distress. I would have suctioned his tube, reassessed him, and then contacted his doctor. After talking to the provider, I would have rechecked the patient to ensure he was doing okay then documented all the care and communication. References Austin, S. (2011). Stay out of court with proper documentation. Nursing,41(4), 24-29. doi: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. (.). Negligence and malpractice. Retrieved from

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous post W‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍hen working with families and groups the priority is for th
Next post B‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍efore moving through diagnostic decision making, a social w