Life is full of risks…

…so is nursing and any nursing specialty, yet we practice our profession fearless, taking potential risks to provide care for our patients.

Infusion therapy and vascular access is an area that carries a high risk for malpractice because of its invasive nature and risk for complications, .Reports of lawsuits against nurses involving short peripheral catheter placement and resulting patient injuries are increasing, with a reported average paid indemnity of over $100,000 according to the CNA HealthPro Nurse Claim Study. Nursing professional liability exposures 2013. Most malpractice cases involving nurses occur in hospital settings and involve nonspecialized nurses.

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So how can you protect yourselves and reduce your risk of malpractice? Nurses must be aware at all times that failure to assess, failure to intervene, and verbal rather than written orders are potential risks for all nursing areas. Nurses must understand, possess a sound base of knowledge, and appreciate – and not underestimate – the potential risks associates with vascular access devices and infusion therapies.

To learn more on reducing you risk for malpractice in infusion therapy, join our webinar presented by Lisa Gorski on February 19, 2015 and again on March 12, 2015. For more information and to register click here.