Substandard Patient Care
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The paper focuses on a substandard care scenario, where an Alzheimer's patient's ulcer went untreated. The paper highlights how in such a case, all who treat the patient become culpable or liable, even if the ailment was not in their area of expertise. The paper shows how this issue is particularly relevant to the emergency room, when doctors have to make quick decisions and are often not trained to diagnose every ailment. The paper also points out that substandard care is an economics issue, since if understaffed and overbooked emergency rooms are relieved, doctors will not be forced to prioritize health care. The paper therefore concludes that a solution lies with federal policy to help hospitals with economic incentives to provide care.
From the Paper:"A significant aspect of patient care is that it is quite often not intentional. In my experience, I have often been around a patient who had a variety of injuries, either from the event that caused an injury, such as a motorcycle accident, or because of some condition of the patient that accompanies a lot of ailments, such as aging. In these cases, the medical record becomes more significant than ever, because it can be the difference between life and death for the patient, as well as a lawsuit or no institutional and/or legal culpability on the part of the caregiver, not to mention serving as a valuable record for future similar situations. Substandard care is an unfortunate event, but learning from it can only help. Research verifies that "When the adequacy of nursing care comes under scrutiny after the fact, the medical chart and nursing records are the best evidence of the care that was, or was not given (Legal Eye, 1996).""
Sample of Sources Used:
- Legal Eagle Eye Newsletter for the Nursing Profession(4)11 Aug 96. "Nursing home held liable for substandard care." Retrieved February 9, 2008, 10:15 PM:http://www.nursinglaw.com/decubitus2.htm
- O'Shea, John M.D. "The Crisis in America's Emergency Rooms and What Can Be Done." Backgrounder #292: December 28, 2007: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/bg2092.cfm
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