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Mistakes by nurses could lead to medical malpractice claims

When a person has to go to the doctor's office or hospital, he or she certainly wants everything to go smoothly. Of course, most patients do not know how long each person on the medical staff has been on the job. It is common for individuals new to the medical field to carry out duties, but it is also common for mistakes to occur that could lead to medical malpractice.

Though Ohio patients undoubtedly appreciate the work that nurses do, it is possible for new nurses to make mistakes. Unfortunately, some common mistakes could have devastating outcomes for patients. For instance, if a nurse gives the wrong medication to a patient, gives the medication to the wrong patient, provides an incorrect dosage or makes other medication-related errors, a patient could have a serious adverse reaction.

It is also possible for nurses to make mistakes in patient charts or documentation. If nurses do not record their actions and patient information correctly, treatment mistakes can occur. For example, if a nurse forgets to record that he or she gave a patient medication, that patient could end up with a double dose from another nurse or given another medication that should not mix with the first medication.

If Ohio residents are the victims of mistakes made by nurses, they could suffer serious illness or injury. If so, they may have reason to take legal action in order to seek compensation for the harm they suffered. Gaining information on medical malpractice and the possibility of having a case could be useful.

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