Malpractice Attorney in Maryland Discusses Nursing MalpracticeJuly 19, 2012
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a startling report on the status of health care in the United States. The report, To Err Is Human, attributed as many as 98,000 deaths per year to preventable medical error.
While the report was a wake-up call, preventable medical error remains constant in our health care system. My clients suffering serious injury from medical malpractice give tragic evidence of ongoing flaws in the provision of healthcare.
Medical malpractice is committed by anyone in the chain of healthcare delivery with a responsibility to provide a standard of care. Nurses are healthcare providers with a heavy burden of responsibility for patient care.
Nursing errors that lead to malpractice claims include:
- Failure to properly document patient records, including injury description, progress, or physician comments
- Wrong use of treatment equipment or supplies
- Lack of training or inattention to proper use
- Delivery of nursing services below an accepted standard of care
- Failure to observe protocols, follow orders, or communicate information to physicians
In 2005, the Joint Commission released a report acknowledging the IOM paper by noting the still-common nature of error in the delivery of healthcare. Safe, effective medical services are essential to individual, local, and national well-being.
To err is indeed human, but there is no margin for error in the delivery of needed healthcare. If you suffer nursing error, file a complaint with the Maryland Board of Nursing and contact a malpractice attorney in Maryland at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. immediately!