Greetings to all fellow nurses! My first time here so please bear with me. Looking for some input re: a life altering situation for me.
I had a granddaughter born @ 24 weeks d/t my daughter having eclampsia. She weighed in @ 12 ozs. She seemed to be doing fairly well, all things considered; even gained up over 1#. We lost her @ 12 days old. Two months
later, my daughter & I were notified to come to the hospital for the baby's "preliminary" autopsy report. At that time, the dr. informed us of a medication error; Vitamin A was administered IV instead of IM. He tried to reassure us that "there was no high levels of Vit.A found". First of all, we were shocked at just then being informed of the error. Secondly, referring to several resources, Vitamin A given IV "will cause anaphylactic shock and/or death." You can imagine how I feel, hoping for some sort of closure yet realizing what may have happened!
Multiple questions in my heart & mind. Shouldn't families/pts be informed of med errors & by whom, the RN or MD? Should some sort of consequence be expected, possible depending on the severity of the error? Yes, I am a nurse & have made errors, which I feel horrible about & continue to learn from, but never with that type of consequence. Is this type of error "expected" to happen in a NICU? Aren't the nurses more specialized there? Should we consider legal action? It won't bring our little one back but could promote some patient rights issues?
I will look forward to hearing from ya'll.
Help this Grandma/nurse to heal.
Do not fear death but of unlived life.