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5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Medical Malpractice Claims Against Nurses

Friday, March 11, 2016
5 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Medical Malpractice Claims Against Nurses
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According to a new report from the Nurses Service Organization, medical malpractice claims against nurses have been on the rise.

The report identified five risk control recommendations:

  • Patient safety: Train staff and identify potential gaps when it comes to preventable sources of injury or illness, like falls, medication errors or environmental hazards.
  • Assessment and monitoring: Listen to, document and communicate patient complaints and concerns.
  • Treatment and care: Make sure nurses report and document all patient complications and courses of medical treatment, maintain competencies on core nursing techniques and track all reports and test results.
  • Chain of command: Be certain that nurses understand and feel comfortable using the chain of command if a practitioner is unresponsive to a nurse’s calls for assistance.
  • Scope of practice: Review state regulations, job descriptions and internal practices to ensure that doctors, nurses and administrators understand the limits of a nurse’s scope of practice.

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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