Its no secret that nurses are the true heroes of the medical world. Nurses are often single-handily responsible for the day-to-day care of patients. As patient occupancy increases in medical facilities in Oregon and across the country, the demand for nurses is on the rise. These days, the roles of nurses are even expanding beyond bedside care. Increasing demand combined with ever expanding roles and duties may be a reason for the spike in nursing negligence cases.
A nurse in another state has been hit with charges after alleged negligence. According to reports, one patient died and four others were permanently injured during a period of seven months, all were under care of the same nurse. One man in particular was allegedly left with severe and permanent brain damage as a result of the nurse's negligence.
Reports say that the man visited the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack. Allegedly, the man underwent bypass surgery and was stable, when he suddenly became unstable with no explanation and had to be transferred to the intensive care unit. According to claims, the nurse allegedly injected air into arterial lines of several patients. Now, the man is unable to walk or talk and will require care for the rest of his life.
Since nurses are so involved with patient care, any mistakes made by nurses are magnified and can directly affect the lives of patients. Oregon families that have been affected by nursing negligence should know that they have legal options at their disposal. A successful lawsuit could result in rightful compensation to help families cope with such an experience.
Source: news4sanantonio.com, "Lawyers say San Antonio man suffered brain damage under Texas nurse's care", Amanda Weber, April 13, 2018