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.
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The defendant in this case is a nurse.
This case involves a family nurse practitioner (NP), her business (a women’s health clinic), and employees that specialized in gynecology and hormone therapy.
This case study involves a nurse practitioner in private practice setting.
Defendant is a Nurse Practitioner working at a college infirmary.