Negligence Essay

1641 Words Jun 11th, 2012 7 Pages
In today’s busy health care industry nurses and doctors are pushed to the limit. We are asked to make life and death decisions in mere seconds. Society is also more aware of what they should expect from health care providers. This awareness demands health care providers not only provide excellent care, but also document the care they provide to ensure they are not subject to accusations of negligence, or gross negligence that can lead to malpractice suits. This paper will differentiate between negligence, gross negligence, and malpractice. In order to further examine these issues an article titled “Amputation mishap, negligence cited” from The Neighborhood News in which “Earlier this week, 62-year-old Joseph Benson underwent
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69). For example, a person transporting a patient from one area to another has a duty to operate the gurney in a safe and responsible manner. If the transporter is not paying attention to where they are pushing the gurney, the transporter violates that duty. Because it is foreseeable that not paying attention may result in an accident and that an accident may result in an injury to the patient, the transporter will be liable in negligence for any injuries that in fact result to others in an accident resulting from not paying attention. According to Thorton (2006), gross negligence is an act or a failure to act that is reckless and ignores the probability and magnitude of the potential for harm to others where the subject has an actual awareness of the risk involved, but nevertheless continues with conscious indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others. For an example of gross negligence, let us look at the transporter from the previous example. The transporter is called to transport a patient from one department to another and the only gurney available is broken. The transporter knows that this same gurney injured a patient yesterday when it suddenly collapsed on her leg. The transporter decides to use this gurney to transport his patient anyway, and the patient is injured. The transporter is guilty of gross negligence. “Malpractice, sometimes referred to as professional negligence, is a more specific term that

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