Conduct an analysis of the Case: Findings of the Inquest into the death of Christopher Hammett addressing the three sections as outlined.
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Assignment Section One: Patient Safety
In the report of the Findings of the Inquest into the death of Christopher Hammett the Coroner, Dr John Hutton, with expert testimony from an anaesthesiologist, Dr Keith Greenland concluded that the care of Mr Hamment included a series of human errors, that when lined up, combined and compounded to cause the death of Mr. Hamment.
A number of nurses, (Registered nurses and Enrolled nurses) were involved in Mr. Hammentâ€™s care in the period of time from his transfer to the PACU, through time in recovery and then on the ward. In a chapter provided for you on DIRECT (see study desk for NUR3020), McDonald and Then discuss that while individuals can make errors, it also may be difficult to attribute to one person. (McDonald & Then, 2014, p. 134).
1. For section 1 - Conduct an analysis of the nursing care that is outlined by the coroner in the Findings of the Inquest in to the death of Christopher Hammett in terms of the nurses involved.
a. Use reading and additional references to assist your critique â€“ MINIMUM of three for passing mark â€“ more are expected
b. It is expected that you will substantiate your points with literature regarding best practice or literature related to Patient Safety. (Note: practice includes more than psychomotor skills, it is also knowledge, communication, monitoring, reporting, accountability, responsibility)
c. Approx. 1100 words for this section (flexible â€“ the overall assign is 2000 words)
Assignment Section Two: The Tort of Negligence
2. For section 2: Explain how the tort of negligence would be applied to nurses involved in this case and outline the elements which would need to be proved in order to advance a successful claim for negligence
The Coroner has referred the Doctors and Nurses involved in the case to the regulating authority. There is also the potential that a civil case could be made against the parties involved. Conditions of negligence would need to be met for a court case to be successful. Using one or two of the nurses as an example, outline the elements that would need to be demonstrated in order to substantiate a claim of negligence.
a. Use reading and additional references to assist your critique (at least three)
b. Approx. 500 words (flexible â€“ the overall assign is 2000words)
Assignment Section Three: Ethical Issues
3. For Section 3: Ethical Analysis. In addition to the legal aspects of the case there are a number of ethical issues that could be discussed in relation to the nursing care and the nursesâ€™ testimonies. Critique the actions of the nurses (approx. 2-4 issues) using principles of ethics and considering patientâ€™s rights. Utilize published academic texts and literature to assist your critique.
a. Use reading and additional references to assist your critique
b. Approx. 400 words (flexible â€“ the overall assign is 2000words)