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  •  They still make mistakes. (3+ / 0-)
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    james321, ladybug53, Sychotic1

    Lots of them. Constantly. And the complexity of the system makes it almost impossible for a family member or patient to do squat about it, even when the error is crystal clear. Even when the RN admits an error has occurred.

    •  Fewer than they used to. (4+ / 0-)
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      james321, sydneyluv, mamamedusa, ladybug53

      And if a mistake does actual harm, you've got a lawsuit, good to go, which is why RN's are required to carry major amounts of malpractice insurance.  (I've got a $6 million a year policy coverage, and I'm only even a student, not even working.)

      If the mistake doesn't actually damage you, such as giving you a bit too much mucinex that does nothing but make you snot out a bit more, then it's generally shrugged off.

      •  I'm thinking of (3+ / 0-)

        my father, with blood coumadin levels at 25, bleeding from his eyes, because pharmacy allowed him to take 11 different meds at once, without anyone figuring that such a cocktail required constant, not monthly, monitoring of blood levels.

        He lived. They gave him 5 units of whole bood, a freaking oil change, in absolute desperation. No lawsuit because 1) my parents are from a generation that believes MDs walketh on the right hand and 2) all the med records from that ICU stay were falsified.

        That's my father. I could go down the list of family members with  stories as chilling for most all of them. If you don't  know these stories yet you certainly are still a student.

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