Case of a little girl who received wrong organs and why it was consisdered medical malpractice.
Discuss liability and negligence. Research and identify a reported healthcare negligence case and summarize the issues.
Gross Healthcare Negligence
Jesica Santillan was a 17 year old girl who died 15 days after receiving a heart and double-lung transplant. Undoubtedly, this was a major operation and any number of things could have gone wrong. While her body rejected the organs, it was not simply a case of bad luck. With such long waiting lists for organs in the United States, you would think that the professionals in Duke University Hospital would make sure that the organs for transplant are the same blood type as the person they’re going into. Unfortunately, Jesica was blood type O, and received organs from someone that was blood type A, something over a dozen people were supposed to check, but didn’t. The hospital hid the mistake for 11 days, and then went public looking for another donor. She received a second transplant two weeks after the first one, but was declared brain dead and taken off life support. Her mother believes that she was weaned off her medication so she would seemingly pass away naturally (Griffin, 2013). Her death was the result of a miscommunication.
When a patient dies in the doctor’s care someone is held responsible.Liability and negligence play a significant role in the healthcare field. According to Dunn (2010), liability is a problem that is familiar to administrators, supervisors, and employees in healthcare organizations. Individual liability primarily relates to torts and related actions (e.g., a nurse administer the wrong intravenous medication to a patient or in Jesica’s case the patient received organs that were incompatible), as distinguished from liabilities associated with the organizational aspects of a healthcare entity (e.g., antitrust, tax, fraud and abuse, insurance, or regulatory issues). Negligence is when an injury occurs as a result of an action or nonaction by an individual who is not acting as a “reasonably prudent person” would under the same circumstance. Often “reasonably prudent persons” are those who are of the same profession and working within the same region of the country. The president o