Nurse shares personal account of surviving a dangerous hospitalization
Preventable medical error is now the nation’s third leading cause of death, according to a recent study from the Surgical Department of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Without transparent care in hospitals, many patients continue to suffer great harm without ever knowing what happened to them. This public health issue requires more public knowledge and research funding as well as increased awareness within the medical community.
Donna Helen Crisp, JD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, went into her surgery with the expectation of only an overnight stay. What happened during and after her surgery was out of her control. Due to a series of preventable medical errors, Crisp spent weeks on an ICU ventilator in a drug-induced coma and underwent four additional surgeries. She received little to no explanation from her doctor and healthcare providers.
In an effort to find the truth, Crisp eventually learned that preventable medical error is a serious and pervasive issue in healthcare nationwide. She shares her story from her perspective, as a nurse, lawyer, and patient, in Anatomy of Medical Errors: The Patient in Room 2, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). [Read more…]