Menu
Click Here To Call Now

Pittsburgh: 412-281-4200

Toll Free: 800-440-5297

Nurse fatigue can be dangerous for patients

In the United States there are six nurses for every medical doctor which means that nurses spend much more time with patients than doctors do. For most Pittsburgh residents it means that they receive excellent care while they are in the hospital. But many nurses are overworked and overtired and can easily make medical mistakes. Errors that occur because nurses are fatigued can be fatal for a patient.

Many nurses in the United States are overworked. These nurses typically work long shifts of 12 hours or more with little breaks. Because nurses are so critical in patient care they can suffer from extreme stress and fatigue. With this fatigue, can come medical errors that can sometimes be fatal for patients. Critical care nurses, especially, can suffer from this fatigue and make mistakes. Often their patients are taking 15 or more medications in a 12 hour span and nurses need to be alert enough to make sure that these medications are administered properly.

The American Nurses Association has offered recommendations on how health care facilities can reduce nurse fatigue. These include limiting shifts to 12 hours or fewer and weekly hours to 40 hours or fewer. Healthcare facilities should also eliminate mandatory overtime, keep consecutive night shifts to a minimum and provide sleep rooms for exhausted employees.

Nurses are critical to patient care and their work contributes greatly to a patient's outcome. It is very important that nurses receive the rest and recuperation they need to continue to provide good care for all patients.

Additionally, when nursing errors cause injuries and fatalities, people should remember that they have legal rights. An attorney can help people know when they have a medical malpractice or wrongful death claim.

Source: USA Today, "Nurses seek to reduce long hours and fatigue", Laura Ungar, Feb. 1, 2015

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
How can We Help?

How Can We Help? Contact Our Office Today At 800-440-5297 Or Fill Out The Form Below.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Rosen Louik & Perry, P.C.
437 Grant Street Suite 200, The Frick Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-281-4200
Fax: 412-281-2997
Pittsburgh Law Office Map

There is NO FEE unless recovery is made.

Rosen Louik Perry, P.C. Pittsburgh
412-281-4200 CaringLawyers.com 1-800-243-5297