August 27, 2012
Shavonnie Carthens, Esq.
In the medical field, negligence, gross-negligence and malpractice is something no one ones to hear or go through. What is bound to happen is an accident. Accidents in hospitals, doctor’s offices, in the nursery, in the streets and even in rental properties, accidents happen and when an accident happens, the person in the accident and the person or people at the accident suffer. An accident happened at the Neighborhood hospital; a man’s leg was amputated. Although he was to have an amputation, it was the wrong leg. This paper will discuss the meaning of negligence, gross-negligence, and malpractice and the amputation of the wrong leg accident that happened.
In season three, episode seven, an article in the Neighborhood newspaper recognizes the amputation of Joseph Benson’s leg. Mr. Benson, a 62-year-old diabetic awoke only to find out that the wrong leg was amputated. Mr. Benson is a diabetic who suffers from poor circulation and because of the poor circulation, his leg needed to be amputated below the knee. How is it that the wrong leg was amputated? Is this a valid case of gross-negligence, negligence, or malpractice? The differences between negligence, gross-negligence, and malpractice will be discussed and the term that best describes the situation above. In preventing an accident such as this one, the Standards of practice and the ethical principles aimed at this prevention will also be discussed. Standards of practice aimed at preventing this kind of error will also be discussed as well as ethical principles to guide practice and nursing documentation.
According to Guido (2010), “Negligence is a general term that denotes conduct lacking in due care” (p. 92). A person’s negligence is caused by a person’s carelessness, and having a disregard for a person’s safety. Carelessness can cause harm to others and negligence can be the result of a lack of...