Indiana: Methodist hospital admits doctor error in epidural overdose - page 3

Apparently, a women recieved 10 hours of epidural medication in 1 hour and was paralyzed as a result. I think she is expected to recover. This is at the same hospital that three premature babies... Read More

  1. by   anne74
    I did nursing clinicals at Methodist Hospital in Indy. Would you believe it's a Magnet hospital? Yikes. There are a lot of good doctors and nurses there, but I agree with the other poster that many of the nurses there are very unfriendly.

    I agree that there are errors in every hospital - heck, I've committed some errors (none harmful, thank God). But when I was there, I witnessed a lot of sloppiness and unprofessionalism. Compared to where I work now (another Magnet hospital) Methodist is below the bar. And just because they're the only Level I trauma center besides Wishard, that means they're a good choice? More like the only option. Again, I saw a lot of good things there, but a few sloppy errors equal disaster. Maybe this will spark them to button things up a bit. But I do respect that at least they publically admit their mistakes. That says something. I wish them luck on improving.

    As a side note, I thought Riley was a wonderful hospital. However, I thought IU Hosptial was even more sloppy than Methodist. Scary!
    Last edit by anne74 on Nov 5, '06
  2. by   LeahJet
    Methodist (In Indy) must just have recently obtained Magnet status. When I was there 3 years ago, they were trying.
  3. by   dnurse
    I live and work in Indiana (not at Methodist) and the incident involving the babies in NICU prompted me to write to nearly every major newspaper in Indiana and encourage people to write to our governor and the powers-that-be to get legislation on the books to pass safe staffing laws and laws prohibiting mandatory overtime here in Indiana. California did it in 2005. People in Indiana deserve to be just as safe as people in California. The incidents involving the babies did not involve just one nurse - there were 5 different nurses involved. This should be a BIG wake-up call that there is a problem with the system. If you or any of your family members, friends, etc. live in Indiana and are interested in reading a copy of my article, please email me and I'll send it. Please encourage everyone you know to write to get legislation on the books. Research has shown that on a M/S floor, the ratio should be NO MORE THAN 4 pts per nurse. In critical care areas (ICU, CCU, NICU, PICU, etc.), the ratio should be NO MORE THAN 2 pts per nurse. Research has shown that, for every pt over these ratios that a nurse is assigned, the mortality risk for all pts increases by 7% (Aiken, Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 2002). Yes, I'm fully aware of the nursing shortage, but burnout contributes to nurses leaving the hospitals in droves (or leaving nursing altogether). Trying to care for too many pts at a time is a major cause of burnout. As a new RN, I was regularly assigned 8 pts in ER at another hospital north of Indianapolis. When my repeated expressions of concern to management went ignored, this nurse found herself a new position STAT. Please, the system will not change unless we change it. This affects not just nurses but also the pts for whom we care. The loss of one precious life was too high of a price to pay.
    Last edit by dnurse on Nov 6, '06