News You Can Use – Criminalizing Medical Malpractice
This months episode of “News you can Use” on Healthcare NOW Radio features news from the month of March 2022.
As I did last month I am talking to Craig Joseph, MD (@CraigJoseph) Chief Medical Officer at Nordic Consulting Partners. We review the recent in person events we both attended in Florida this past month, both coming away with a positive view of the experience and invigorated to be back in person and interacting with our colleagues, friends and healthcare teams.
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Criminalizing Medical Malpractice
The majority of our time was spent discussing the recent news of the RaDonda Vaught, a former nurse criminally prosecuted for a fatal drug error in 2017 who was convicted of gross neglect of an impaired adult and negligent homicide. She now faces yeast in prison based on the current sentencing guidelines.
As Dr. Jayne detailed in her blog:
The only thing being discussed in the virtual physician lounge this weekend was the trial of Tennessee nurse RaDonda Vaught, who was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide following a medication error.
Listen in to hear a detailed breakdown of the mistake made on the floor by this nurse that centered on entering 2 letters to find the drug she needed, the reason why the drug she wanted did not even show up in the list (hint – drugs have 2 names – Tylenol or paracetamol and acetaminophen for example). And hear the background to why this was even possible and happened and what might contribute to this occurring again and why this action could cause more errors to be made.
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For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.
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