This video case study focuses a 49-year old male who was experiencing rectal pain and bleeding.
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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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.
Failure to complete nursing assessments or adequately monitor patients are some of the most frequent malpractice allegations asserted against nurses. They account for a combined 12.7% of all malpractice claims against nurses, according to the Nurse Professional Liability Exposure Claim Report: 4th Edition. These claims most often involved nurses working in areas of high patient acuity, such as the ED, ICU, and PACU.
Medical malpractice claims may be asserted against any healthcare practitioner, including nurses. This case involves a registered nurse working in an acute care setting.
The defendant in this case is a nurse.