MN 506 Case study. GroupC. Unit 7-3.docx

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some cases, even if the third party was not there when the injury happened. In this case, there is lack of communication and incongruence of facts. There was not enough documentation from the parties involved. In addition, assignment was not appropriate for this floating nurse. Patient safety is a priority, and it is the nurse responsibility and accountability to make this happen. The Institute of Medicine-IOM (2010) delineates safety as freedom from accidental injury. Error is the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended, or the use of a wrong plan of action to achieve an aim. Errors that harm patients in some way might be a preventable adverse event. In this case, the nurse was assigned to a unit has not worked there before. In addition, she was responsible for the whole unit. According to Westrick (2014) an employer has a legal duty to provide professional nursing staff in sufficient numbers to meet the needs of the patients. On the other hand, The Joint Commission (n.d) now requires facilities to have a system of cross-training to ensure competency when staff are asked to work on other units. Float staff that has less familiarity and comfort with new areas increase liability for the institution. Also in this particular case; employee and employer have been found to be liable in court. In order to hold an employer liable for an employee’s bad actions, the following should be proven in court: the injury occurred while the defendant was actually working for the employer, and the injury was caused small, direct or indirect damage to an individual. In other words, direct work relationship between the employee and employer must be demonstrated. Insurance Issues
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CASE STUDY II 13 With how risky everyday hospital work can be, professional liability insurance should never be a “maybe” but rather an absolutely when it comes to obtaining personal coverage. What many may not understand, professional liability of the facility does not fully cover the employee and will not stop a plaintiff from coming after the employee with a lawsuit as well. Hospital insurance coverage usually includes malpractice claims or professional negligence however, usually does not cover actions by a state board of nursing against a nurse’s license, or ordinary negligence actions (Westrick, 2014). With this type of “defensive medicine”, it has been seen that around 45 to 200 billion is spent each year (Karash, 2013). This type of practice has been seen as the culprit for rising healthcare costs as each patient is needed to be seen as a potential risk, a potential plaintiff (Karash, 2013). In the case of the wrongful death of Wilma Carpenter with such an elaborate case, one would hope the healthcare workers involved withheld a large amount of professional liability insurance. It is likely to be a fight between the Carpenter’s insurance, the individual’s insurances, and the facility’s insurance policies on exactly who pays, who pays what exactly, and how much towards the lawsuit. In the court case of Travelers Indemnity Company vs. American Casualty Company of Reading in 2003, a malpractice claim by a patient obtained $4.5 million dollars
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