Multi-Facets Of Negligence

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Multi-Facets of Negligence February 06, 2012 Multi-Facets of Negligence Negligence is not a criminal offense that involves health care professionals, hospital, and patients with their respective representative. Negligence can escalate to gross negligence and a malpractice suit if sever harm or death is the outcome for poor judgment and nonstandard actions of a health care professional (Cornock, 2011). The aim of this paper is to review the difference between negligence, gross negligence, malpractice, the importance of documentation, and what should have been done to avoid the mishap as it relates to a case of an amputation mishap (The Neighborhood, 2011). Differentiating Between Negligence, Gross Negligence, Malpractice Nurses often fear that they will make an error that will cause harm to their patient’s that will cause a lawsuit, and possibly affect the state of their license. The line drawn between negligence and gross negligence is undefined and many times is left up to a jury to decide. Negligence can easily escalate to gross negligence if a health care professionals actions, or omission of an action, leads to a person’s death. The line between negligence and malpractice is defined and much easier to determine (Huxley-Binns, 2009). Negligence According to Guido (2010) negligence is a tort, a civil wrong, which is not a criminal offence. Most nurses will not have an issue with committing a negligent act as long as they stay within the confines of standard practices, recognized hospital guidelines, and protocols. Negligence is an act that is not intentional, which does not cause serious harm or death as a consequence of that act (Guido, 2010). Since negligence is a civil wrong and not intentional the case is usually handled through lawsuits as private civil cases (Guido, 2010). Gross Negligence Gross negligence is an act that causes severe harm or
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