Read the article “Amputation Mishap;Negligence”
•differentiate between negligence, gross negligence, and malpractice. Based on your information, decide if you agree with the statement in article.
•provide your rationale for your decision.
•describe the importance of documention(relating to this simulation) and its correlation to potential negligence.
•if you were the nurse in this situation, what ethical principles would guide your practice?
•how would you document the case to satisfy ethical and legal requirements?
Amputation mishap, negligence cited.
by A. Lowell
Earlier this week, 62-year-old Joseph Benson underwent an amputation of his leg just below the left knee and only suffered one complication the wrong leg was amputated. Benson, a diabetic who suffered from poor circulation for the last five years, was shocked to wake up after his surgery and learn of the mishap. “I kept hoping that I was just dreaming, but I kept waking up to the same thing,” said Benson. Hospital staff at the Neighborhood Hospital have not officially commented on the case, but this incident comes at a dire time for the hospital, which has experienced quite an assortment of problems lately, from union problems to nursing shortages.