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Five ways to prevent nursing negligence

Thursday, November 05, 2015 @ 7:00 PM | By Chris Rokosh

The outcomes of malpractice lawsuits affect patients, health-care professionals, public funding and the institutions that provide health care. Analysis of the outcomes of these lawsuits provides opportunity for learning and change. Here are five of the most common nursing negligence issues that contribute to malpractice settlements in favour of the plaintiffs and insight into efforts to reduce their incidence.

Communication breakdown is the source of as many as 70 per cent of all adverse events in health care. In the hospital setting, the nurse is seen...