On behalf of Hastings Law Firm P.C. posted in Hospital Negligence on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

There is a strict code of conduct that medical personnel in hospitals and other facilities have to maintain. When patients are ill, they are typically not in a condition to question the medication that is administered to them. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a medication error to occur in facilities nationwide, including in Texas.

A licensed practical nurse, formerly employed by a nursing home in another state, was recently arrested after allegedly making a medication error that almost caused the death of a patient. According to the Attorney General’s office, the nurse allegedly administered a significant amount of narcotic pain medication instead of cough medication as was prescribed. Although this may have been done unintentionally, investigators found that the accused nurse failed to alert her supervisors of the medication error.

It was determined that she manipulated the treatment records of the patient, falsely showing that she had administered the prescribed medication. This patient may not have survived had it not been for a nurse who came on duty later that noticed the critical condition of the patient. The gravely ill woman was rushed to the hospital and was released after several days of treatment in the intensive care unit.

The nurse reportedly now faces a Class A felony charge, and if convicted, she may spend at least 10 years in jail. When a Texas resident suffers the consequences of a medication error made by a staff member at a medical facility, financial relief for resulting medical expenses may be pursued. Victims retain the right to file medical malpractice claims in a civil court to recover any documented losses related to the incident as allowed by state laws.

Source: FOX 6 WBRC, “Fmr. Chilton Co. nurse arrested on abuse, neglect of patient charge”, Aug. 20, 2015

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