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 patient was a 59-year old female who had undergone inpatient bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy three days before being discharged to home care. Discharge orders included a home care referral for wound care and assessment of perceived changes in the patient’s mental status.
The patient (plaintiff) in this case was a 50-year-old male who first came to our insured nurse practitioner (NP) after researching his symptoms on the internet.