When a nurse is prosecuted for a fatal medical mistake, does it make medicine safer?
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
- Health Care Providers
- Health Care Executives and Administrators
- Policy Makers
- Family Members and Caregivers
Punitive responses to medical errors persist despite continued efforts to reduce them. This news article reports on an incident involving the mistaken use of a neuromuscular blocking agent that resulted in the death of a patient, the prosecution of the nurse who made the error, and systemic and human factors that contribute to similar events.