Nurse Practitioner Case Study:
Failure to Diagnose

Failure to diagnose is the most frequent malpractice allegation asserted against nurse practitioners. It accounts for 32.8% of all malpractice claims against nurse practitioners, according to the Nurse Practitioner Claim Report: 4th Edition. Failure to diagnose cancer and failure to diagnose infections account for 50% of failure to diagnose allegations.

This video case study focuses a 49-year old male who was experiencing rectal pain and bleeding.  His nurse practitioner recommended a colonoscopy, which the patient refused.  Three years later the patient died of metastatic colon adenocarcinoma.  His wife sued the NP for malpractice alleging failure to diagnose.

In this video you will learn:

  • The patients’ medical history, initial symptoms and results of follow-up visits
  • How the NP failed to document her treatment recommendations
  • What the plaintiff expert witnesses testified
  • The final settlement and cost of the malpractice lawsuit
  • Risk management recommendations for avoiding similar circumstances



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