Hospital admits fault in firefighter's death - page 2

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chicago times staff report: friday, january 11,2002 wonder what staffing was like. sorrow for both family and nurse...will try and follow this story. karen... Read More


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    I have one thing to say ...

    But for the grace of God go I.

    We are all vulnerable to errors like this and worse as long as we continue to allow hospitals to: critically understaff nursing units, push for greater "efficiencies" and removal of so-called waste, and allow our brothers and sisters to continue along the path of burnout.

    I can easily see how something like this would happen. Perhaps the nurse pulled two meds up in syringes and failed to label them. In practice and also when family members have been hospitalized, I have noticed that labeling syringes is a rarity. I don't know if this is a phenomenon specific to my locale, but it is quite pervasive. I believe that this is a symptom of burnout to some degree. Many of us have felt pressure to perform more than we were physically and emotionally capable of doing in a given shift. This had led to cutting of corners in as many places as possible in the effort to survive what can be an extremely unpleasant and undoable work-a-day career. I long for the day where nurses will/can stand up and declare that best practices will be the only way they are willing to deliver care. The day where we can say that we don't care how much longer it will take to provide excellent care, because we refuse to give anything less than that.

    Nurses, isn't it about time that we take our profession back and refuse to have the administrative masterminds dictate the quality of care we deliver?

    My heart goes out to the family of this patient and also to the nurse who made this mistake. I can only imagine how devastated she must feel right now. We have all made errors in terms of medication administration ... it could happen to any one of us and if it hasn't yet, it is only a matter of time.
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    Based on the OP I wonder why paralytics were even available to the RN when she was looking for an antibiotic.

    She called for help and no one responded, but why wasn't there a code blue button to get assistance immediately by the bed?

    If she was by the bedside when he stopped breathing, and started BLS right away, it seems like something else went wrong. He was healthy, so if he got attention right away, what happened?
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    Quote from nrskarenrn
    chicago times staff report: friday, january 11,2002
    http://www.thetimesonline.com/index....le?id=10683777

    hammond -- a nurse's dispensing of the wrong medication caused the death wednesday of a veteran hammond firefighter at st. margaret mercy healthcare centers in hammond, a statement from the hospital said.

    the lake county coroner's office said michael magdziarz, 51, of schererville, was pronounced dead at 6:57 p.m. wednesday at the hospital. an official cause of death was not available from the coroner thursday night.

    "st. margaret mercy healthcare centers is deeply saddened by the inexplicable error resulting in the untimely death of patient michael magdziarz," the hospital statement said. "following a successful open-heart procedure, mr. magdziarz was inadvertently given the wrong medication by an attending nurse."

    donna magdziarz, the late firefighter's wife of nearly 33 years, said her husband had received quadruple bypass heart surgery at the hospital monday and was recovering in the intensive care unit by 11 a.m.

    "he came out of surgery; he was perfect," she said. "his heart sustained everything that happened to him."

    wonder what staffing was like. sorrow for both family and nurse...will try and follow this story. karen
    sorry it took 10 yrs to reply. it was one nurse to one patient. i have found a way to somewhat forgive the nurse but not the code blue team, not the hospital. we would not even have got an answer if a family member had not worked there. they still make mistakes and are covered up. all i ask is that medical workers follow the "r" rules. read the name, read the medication label and dose. if it does not sound right, call the doctor.
    what happened to the family? the incident destroyed it. i should know, i am the wife.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on May 22, '11 : Reason: Copyright edit.
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    donna do you mean the hospital didnt come forward with the cause of death and tried to hide all this from the family. its terrible that a mistake happened but to try to hide said mistake from the family is crimminal! i hope for peace for the family and the nurse involved.
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