No (though you're right), but I did notice this:
A veteran malpractice attorney, [Lytal] points out that in many cases, "What we find is that nurses don't follow the doctors' orders. They're supposed to be their eyes and ears and keep the doctors informed."
After the surgery, because the patient had arrhythmia, she was placed on a blood thinner and was supposed to have her blood levels monitored and the dosage adjusted. Unfortunately, because the nurses were too busy or inexperienced, they didn't notice that a key blood-test marker had gotten dangerously high and didn't call in those results to the doctor or lower the dosage of the drug."
Because docs aren't responsible for, or capable of, following up on the tests that they order
without a nurse as go-beween?
"The girls on that floor don't have the training or education of those of us who are experienced," the source says. As a result, the hospital administrators decided to keep future critically ill patients on ventilators in the ICU.
Okay, first of all, "the girls"? And secondly, DUH. Of course vent patients should be in ICU (or a unit staffed and trained for vent patients).
Like I said--so many things wrong here, it's hard to know where to start...