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Since 1995, more than 1,700 patients have died and 9,500 have been injured as a result of nurse errors. Hospitals and medical facilities are rife with overworked and poorly trained nurses. Most nurse errors occur out of negligence or carelessness, which is only worsened by inadequate training or fatigue. Sadly, nurse errors are becoming increasingly common, often leading to serious injury or death.
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Causes of Nurse Error
There is a severe shortage of registered nurses in the United States. Nurses are often underpaid and overworked. Many hospitals have resorted to instituting mandatory overtime. Even worse, some hospitals are hiring unqualified, unlicensed nurses from temporary staffing agencies to keep up with the demand.
However, experts have noticed a direct relationship between inadequate nursing staff and increased adverse events. The Journal of Health Affairs specifically found that nurse errors are three times more likely to occur after a nurse's shift has passed the 12.5 hour mark.
See Also - Nursing Mistakes
Types of Nurse Errors
Some of the more common types of nurse errors include but are not limited to the following:
Victim of a Nurse Error?
If you or someone you love has been seriously harmed or killed due to a nurse error, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with an experienced, qualified medical malpractice attorney.
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