Why Improper Documenting by Nurses Could be New York Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Mistakes, Medical Records, Nurses

Improper Documentation by Nursing: Serious New York Medical Malpractice

When it comes to New York medical malpractice, you may not think of improper documenting.  You are likely to think of pulling the wrong tooth, a surgeon that slips with a knife or tool, or a misdiagnosis.  But not a nurse improperly writing something down in a file.  But that can actually be some of the most serious types of medical malpractice.  Improper documentation is dangerous and even deadly, and can lead to catastrophic medical malpractice.


Take for example during the labor and delivery process.  If a nurse is improperly documenting accelerations and deaccleerations (meaning contractions), the OBGYN or family care practitioner cannot properly gauge what is going one with the mother and the baby in terms of how close they are to delivery.  It can also mean that too many contractions could impair oxygen to the baby through the umbilical cord.  Not documenting this could give critically wrong information which could be New York medical malpractice and injure both the mother and the baby.

Additionally, improperly documenting physician orders could be fatal.  If a doctor performs and examination and then orders medications or drugs, and the nurse improperly records the medication or the dosage, it can result in very serious personal injuries and even lead to wrongful death.  This is possible because of an overdose or drug complication.  This can be incredibly dangerous in young patients, vulnerable patients, or elderly patients, and easily lead to wrongful death.

Thus, nurses need to properly document.  When they fail, they could result in fatal injuries to individuals.  But what do you think?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment or I also welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at jfisher@fishermalpracticelaw.com.  You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com.