Student nurse gives antibiotic IV--death results.
ORDINARILY STUDENT NURSES ARE SUPERVISED BY THEIR INSTRUCTORS OR CHARGE NURSES IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS. In this tragic Michigan case, a student nurse administered prescribed antibiotics, not as prescribed, but intravenously instead of orally. The administration of the antibiotic intravenously was a death warrant for the hapless hap·less
Luckless; unfortunate. See Synonyms at unfortunate.
hapless·ly adv. patient who was the victim of the student nurse's error. Should the hospital at which the student nurse was learning the practice of nursing have been responsible for the negligence of the student nurse? That was just one of the issues with which the Michigan courts were confronted with in this unusual case.
RUTH DENNIS WAS A PATIENT AT SPECIALTY SELECT HOSPITAL-FLINT. During the course of her stay at the hospital Kay Schmidt, a student nurse, who was a student at the University of Michigan (body, education) University of Michigan - A large cosmopolitan university in the Midwest USA. Over 50000 students are enrolled at the University of Michigan's three campuses. The students come from 50 states and over 100 foreign countries. , was doing a portion of her training at the hospital and not required to be licensed to practice as a student nurse, administered a dose of the antibiotic, Nystatin nystatin /ny·sta·tin/ (ni-stat´in) an antifungal produced by growth of Streptomyces noursei; used in treatment of infections caused by Candida albicans and other Candida species. , intravenously instead of orally as ordered by the patient's attending physician. The patient died soon after receiving the medication. Charles Dennis, the personal representative of the decedent's estate brought suit against the hospital alleging that the student nurse was guilty of 'ordinary negligence' in failing to properly read and understand the decedent's physician's order to administer the Nystatin orally. The Plaintiff alleged vicarious liability The tort doctrine that imposes responsibility upon one person for the failure of another, with whom the person has a special relationship (such as Parent and Child, against the hospital. The Plaintiff filed a separate suit in the Court of Claims alleging ordinary negligence and vicariously vi·car·i·ous
1. Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another: read about mountain climbing and experienced vicarious thrills.
2. against the University of Michigan Board of Regents An independent governing body that oversees a state's public Colleges and Universities.
All 50 states have governing bodies that oversee the administration of public education. . The cases were consolidated in the trial court. The hospital and student nurse Schmidt filed separate motions for summary judgment. They alleged that the plaintiff's claim sounded in medical malpractice Improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional. rather than ordinary negligence because decisions regarding the administration of medication to a hospitalized patient involved medical judgment. The defendants asserted that they were entitled to summary disposition because the plaintiff failed to file a notice of intent to file a medical malpractice suit as required by Michigan law. They further alleged that the Plaintiff failed to file an affidavit affidavit
Written statement made voluntarily, confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the party making it, and signed before an officer empowered to administer such oaths. of merit, also required by Michigan law. The Genesee Circuit Court granted the motions for summary judgment of all the defendants. The plaintiff appealed the judgment.
THE COURT OF APPEALS OF MICHIGAN AFFIRMED THE JUDGMENT OF THE LOWER COURT GRANTING SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR THE DEFENDANTS. The court held, inter alia [Latin, Among other things.] A phrase used in Pleading to designate that a particular statute set out therein is only a part of the statute that is relevant to the facts of the lawsuit and not the entire statute. , that the plaintiff failed to meet the requirements mandated under Michigan law in order to pursue a medical malpractice claim. The administration of medication to a hospitalized patient, albeit by a student nurse or a veteran certified nurse practictioner, involves medical judgment, thus, making the case a medical malpractice case. A medical malpractice case arises from the course of a professional relationship and involves questions of judgment beyond the scope of common knowledge and experience of laymen. A claim of ordinary negligence raises issues within the common knowledge and experience of a factfinder. In determining whether a claim sounds in medical malpractice or ordinary negligence, a court must consider: (1) whether the claim pertains to an action that occurred in the context of a professional relationship; and (2) whether the claim raises questions of medical judgment that are beyond the realm of common knowledge and experience. If both questions are answered in the affirmative, the claim sounds in medical malpractice
THE COURT CONCLUDED THAT, WHEN SCHMIDT ADMINISTERED THE DRUG INCORRECTLY, SHE WAS ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE HOSPITAL. This was so despite the fact that Schmidt was a student nurse. Accordingly, both she and the hospital could be subjected to claims for malpractice malpractice, failure to provide professional services with the skill usually exhibited by responsible and careful members of the profession, resulting in injury, loss, or damage to the party contracting those services. . The court rejected the argument that Schmidt's failure to read, understand, and implement the decedent's physician's order to administer Nystatin orally constituted ordinary negligence. The plaintiff's allegations in this case closely resembled the plaintiff's allegations in another case that had come before the Michigan courts. The court cited the case of Simmons v Apex Drug Stores, Inc., 201 Mich App. 250; 506 N.W.2d 562 (1993). In that case the plaintiff maintained that a pharmacist's act in dispensing the wrong medication Issuing of wrong medication is one of the major problems related to healthcare. It is the relatively high number of errors in the prescription of medication that occur. Errors with medication can occur in the doctor's office, at the pharmacy, in hospitals and even due to the constituted ordinary negligence. In that case, the court disagreed with the plaintiff and held that the pharmacist's act constituted malpractice. Accordingly, the court concluded that Schmidt's act constituted malpractice. Expert testimony Testimony about a scientific, technical, or professional issue given by a person qualified to testify because of familiarity with the subject or special training in the field. as to why Nystatin must be administered orally is beyond the comprehension of laymen. Dennis v. Specialty Select Hospital-Flint, 2005 WL 2402454 N.W.2d--MI