It’s best to seek the help of the right nurse attorney when facing different complaints and allegations. However, some nurses tend to face these results instead without thinking that nurse attorneys are always reliable for matters such as these.
On or about January 12, 2015, while employed as a Surgery Staff Nurse in a hospital in Lufkin, the RN pre-documented that the initial, second, third, and final sponge counts were correct two minutes before the surgery start time for the patient, who was undergoing a penile prosthesis surgery. The patient was subsequently hospitalized March 30, 2015, for inflammation at the surgery site and had an exploratory re-incision, where a retained sponge was retrieved. Her conduct resulted in an inaccurate medical record, and was likely to injure the patient from adverse complications of a retained surgical item, including the necessity of additional surgical procedures, abscess, sepsis and/or possible demise.
The Texas Board of Nursing sent a letter to the LVN regarding the issue so then she can have the chance to defend herself. She states that it is not appropriate to mark a count as correct prior to a case. She states that generally she does not check the box saying that counts are correct until the counts are correct. The RN further states that during this surgery, the physician and scrub nurse were hostile towards each other, which contributed to the outcome. She states that the standard procedure is that when a sponge is placed in the patient, it is supposed to be called out loud for the circulator to record and keep track of.
However, she was not able to provide a good defense for herself. Therefore, the Board placed her LVN license to a disciplinary action instead.
If you ever undergo cases such as this, it’s best to seek the assistance of a good nurse attorney as it could make the case better in your favor. Be sure to find a nurse attorney who’s experienced and knowledgeable in several nurse cases to ensure the best assistance possible.
If you also received a complaint regarding a case filed on you, you should hire a nurse attorney immediately before it’s too late. Texas nurse attorney Yong J. An is one of those dedicated nurse lawyers who helped various nurses in their cases since 2006. You may contact him 24/7 at (832) 428-5679 for more information or if you want to schedule a private consultation.