Infiltrated Incident Reporting

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This event occurred in upstate New York. New York law protects incident reports from public disclosure but has the right to make punitive action against those who do not report (Weinberg, Hillborne, Nguyen, 2005). It is also mandatory to inform the patient of the details of the event. New York has implemented a tracking system called, New York Patient Occurrence Reporting and Tracking System to collect information surrounding adverse events; this system is also used to advanced patient safety initiatives. Adverse patient occurrence reports should be filed immediately to create the most detailed and accurate report of the event. Typically these deadlines are determined by the institution of the event. These incident reports are not a part of…show more content…
Diana should create a report that clearly and factually describes the event and circumstances surrounding. Any staff members involved should be included in this description and are also advised to write a report of their own, documenting their experience in the event. The time, date and location of occurrence should be documented. The patients status needs to be assessed and documented as well as injuries ensued. All interventions that were completed need to be included and who was notified as a result of the event. The details of all of equipment used in the event should be detailed even if it was not assumed to be at fault. The serial and model number of the IV pump should be written in this report. Any patient statements should be used with direct quotations and also be documented thoroughly.
Doctrine of Respondeat Superior
The doctrine of respondeat superior is law with the principle that a hospital is vicariously liable for its employee’s negligence which allows the patient/plaintiff to bring a lawsuit against the nurse, hospital, or both (Giordano, 2003). Based on this the plaintiff has just cause to name Caring Memorial Hospital in its lawsuit for malpractice.
Watson (2014) states each nurse is responsible for his or her own negligent actions, but under the doctrine of respondeat superior the nurse’s employer is ultimately responsible and accountable for their employee’s negligent actions. Due to the fact that most nurses are employed by hospitals, hospitals tend to be named as the main defendant in the nursing malpractice
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