Blog

Empowering Individuals
#dpempowers

Hospital Staffing – A Nurses Perspective

Posted by Scott M. Peterson | Aug 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The New York Times published an interesting op-ed recently by an oncology nurse at a well known hospital. The premise: that understaffing in hospitals is a major problem that leads to completely preventable injuries and death.

The article may be found here: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/when-no-one-is-on-call/?_r=0

In essence, this article confirms what we already know and see nearly every day, that is that most hospital and nursing home accidents or incidents are preventable. Whether caused by over-work, understaffing, lack of concern or simply failure to pay attention, studies have shown that an increase in the number of available staff could decrease the number of injuries, infections and deaths by more than 100,000 patients per year!

We wish the numbers were simply some abstract thing, but we see them every day in our practice. Whether from a patient who was given an overdose of medication, a child whose aging mother developed bed sores while attempting to “recover” from surgery, or a family member of someone who was assaulted at the hospital, the common denominator is a lack of care or attention to detail . It is encouraging to see commentary coming from the medical community shining a light on that which we already know.

About the Author

Scott M. Peterson

Scott M. Peterson is the founding partner of D'Orazio Peterson, having left a partnership at a large regional law firm to limit his practice and focus on exclusively representing individuals in a small number of employment and serious injury/medical malpractice matters. Scott's favorite part of practicing law is getting in front of a jury and standing up for an individual against a large company or institution.

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Personal Injury

Have you been injured at a job site, or in a vehicle? D’Orazio Peterson is an experienced Personal Injury law firm. If you have experienced serious injury due to negligence or malice, be sure to contact us to see what we can do to help you receive the justice you deserve.

Employment Law

If you were recently laid off during maternity leave or you’re having trouble at work and think discrimination is to blame, you have the right to fight back against your employer’s poor behavior. D’Orazio Peterson handles employment law cases involving FMLA violations and incidents of discrimination based on age, gender, race or disability.

Medical Errors

Medical errors are a leading cause of death, and many are preventable. We work towards eliminating those errors.

Menu