case study 333.docx - Case Study#3 War Hero Irin Sultana HCP/MAS 114 Shauna LaMagna April 9th 2019 Summary David is an 89-year-old war hero with no

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Case Study #3: War Hero Irin Sultana HCP/MAS 114 Shauna LaMagna April 9 th 2019
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Summary: David is an 89-year-old war hero with no living relatives. He drove himself into my emergency room at 11:45 pm because of his shortness of breath and a headache. The ER was packed that evening and was short-staffed. The waiting room was full of patients. After discussion with the physician, the triage nurse decided to transfer him to the VA hospital to receive treatment. David is wheeled back into the ER hallway and seen by a physician. After several hours, David stops me and asks if I can get an estimated time when his ambulance will be arriving. I say I will find out but I forgot. Towards the end of the shift, I remember to check on David, but I notice he is no longer there. I think he must have been transferred. What I don’t know is that David went to the restroom which took him quite a while. His condition continuous to deteriorate and the day shift rushed him into a room. They placed him on a ventilator and finally got him stabilized, but he died shortly after they got him in a bed in the ICU. Week’s after this incident, the case is sent to a hospital ethics panel.
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Analysis: There appears to be negligence in this case. Negligence is the failure or omission to perform professional duties to an accepted standard of care, such as a “reasonable person” would do (Fremgen, pg 40, 2016). To prove negligence, the plaintiff must be able to show all “four Ds”: duty, dereliction of duty, direct or proximate cause, and damages. Duty is the responsibility
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