Monday, December 23, 2013

Sleep Apnea Monitor Turned off or Ignored By Nursing Staff, Patient's Coding Goes Unnoticed

Sleep Apnea Monitor Turned off or Ignored By Nursing Staff, Patient's Coding Goes Unnoticed:"Monitors and Monitored patients present special challenges to practicing
nurses. Like a call bell, when alarms on a monitor are activated, they can signal benign or life-threatening events. In this case, a patient's monitors did not alarm as expected.
The patient was in distress and would be found without respirations and pulseless by the nurse on duty.
Odom v. State Dept. of Health and Hosp., 322 So. 2d 91 -LA (1999)
http://www.nursefriendly.com/nursing/clinical.cases/091299.htm

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