Medical Negligence Case Study

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Scenarios One and Two: A) In either scenario, did the physician commit medical negligence? - Jack’s case is an example of medical negligence. The physician that prescribed the prescription should have done a full physical and medical exam on the patient. Jack’s physician failed to ask if he was allergic to any medication. Before prescribing any medication one of the first questions should be what or if they are allergic to anything. Jack faced several health complications such as difficult breathing, turning red, and falling to the floor. He went into anaphylactic shock due to the fatal allergic reaction. The last encounter with Sulfa, Jack developed a rash due to the allergic reaction. Health professionals are required to undergo training …show more content…

The physician asked prior to administrating the medication if Jack was allergic. He took protocol before prescribing it. Additional steps could have been set in place, but the physician took a step further in the second scenario vs. the first one. Medical negligence is when there is an error in the diagnosis, treatment, or management. In this case the allergic reaction to Sulfa was yet to be determined to be an allergy. The physician went about the proper questioning before writing the prescription. Medical professionals are only human, and errors are always possible when it comes to a new prescription. People respond to different medications differently, so if the allergy is not prior determined the side effects are not always known. If Jack had said yes to have an allergic reaction to Sulfa that could be medical negligence in prescription drug error, but due to saying he had not had one the side effects would be unknown. When prescribing the medication no known rash and skin irritation had been associated with contact with the medication or anaphylactic shock previously. Allergies occur as a result of a hypersensitive immune system and many types of substances can trigger a …show more content…

Some people may develop a rash or more severe reaction, while others may have no adverse reaction at all. In the first scenario the physician should have investigated prior reactions and allergies before prescribing the mediation. He failed to question any allergies before writing the prescription. Additional steps could have been asking a simple question and offering an alternative medication due to the allergy. In the second scenario testing could have been done in order to see if there was any reactions to the medication before prescribing it in a prescription. If there were no alternative medication available and it was essential, a desensitization procedure to the mediation may be recommended. It involves gradually intruding the medication in small does until the therapeutic dose is achieved. Documenting these types of problems is critical to the safety of patients and clinical practice. Health professionals need to document these findings to help inform other medical health professionals of the potential serious adverse events of the

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  • Explains that jack's case is an example of medical negligence. the physician that prescribed the prescription failed to ask if he was allergic to any medication.
  • Opines that medical negligence is when there is an error in the diagnosis, treatment, or management.
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