malpractice case study that has been assigned to your group. Describe the case and discuss the standard of care that the parties will be held to in this case. How will the standards of care and the Nurse Practice Act be applied in a court of law if the case is sued?
Case Study 2: Wrongful Death by Howard Carpenter on Behalf of Wilma Carpenter, Deceased
People Involved in Case:
Mrs. Wilma Carpenter — patient, deceased
Mr. Howard Carpenter — husband and plaintiff in wrongful death suit
Mrs. Scale, RN, MS — nursing supervisor
Elizabeth Adelman, RN — recovery room nurse
Richard Washington, MD — orthopedic surgeon
Judy Gouda, RN, NP
Joseph Alsoff, LPN — post-surgical unit nurse
Kelly Wheeler, RN — post-surgical unit nurse
David Casler, LRT
Susan Post, JD — risk manager
Amy Green — quality assurance
Michael Parks, RN, MS, CNS — education coordinator
Caring Memorial Hospital
The plaintiff, Mrs. Carpenter, was a 55-year-old woman who underwent a total hip replacement at Caring Memorial Hospital. The physician was Richard Washington, MD. Dr. Washington is an orthopedic surgeon. His nurse practitioner is Judy Gouda, RN, NP. Dr. Washington reviewed the consent with Mrs. Carpenter prior to surgery. Joseph Alsoff, LPN, witnessed the consent and Mr. Carpenter was present. Joseph does not remember the doctor ever mentioning that death could be a result of the surgery. The recovery room nurse is Elizabeth Adelman, RN. The respiratory therapist is David Casler, LRT. The nurse on the post-surgical unit was Kelly Wheeler, RN. The supervising nurse was Mrs. Scale, RN, MS.
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