Patientstypically visit the hospital to acquire treatment. They expect to getwell because they trust that doctors and nurses would give themtreatment procedures that would change the situation of their health.However, if the medical staff is not careful, the opposite mayhappen. The hospital and medical team tasked with treating youngBlackman exhibited an untoward event as they acted in anirresponsible manner that led to the death of their patient.
Lewishad a condition called Pectus excatavum. His parents decided to takehim to the Medical University of South Carolina so that he could gettreatment (QSEN Institute, 2012). As expected, there were nosignificant mishaps during the surgery because of the application ofhigh technology in modern treatment. Later, he was given opioidmedications and Toradol painkillers which are typically prescribed toadults. More doses of these two drugs were administered when theygave less effect. Consequently, there was an increase in hisbreathing rate. The situation became worse because he had a historyof asthma which was unknown to the medical team. As a result, hisoxygen-saturation levels suddenly decreased. Three days after hissurgery, a severe pain developed in his stomach. He ceased tourinate, and body temperatures dropped, heart rate increased, and hisbody became paler than before. He was attended by a five-monthexperienced doctor and later by a physician who did not show interestin the treatment. Consequently, Lewis developed a cardiac arrest anddied (QSEN Institute, 2012).
Accordingto Thippeswamy, Goswami & Chaturvedi (2012), non-malfeasance isan ethical act in medicine that a doctor or nurse applies to avoidany action that would harm the patient or diminish the trust of thepatient during a procedure. In the Lewis Blackman story, there areseveral instances where the hospital staff disregarded this essentialethics principle which later led to his death.
Inconclusion, this story is a true representation of medical error.Nurses and other hospital staff should always remain cautious whendealing with a patient. Gathering the health history of a patientcould be the determinant factor in the survival of a patient. Thedeath of Blackman was avoidable only if the medical staff consideredthe complexity of the issue and became keener in their procedures.
QSENInstitute (Director). (2012, November 1). QSEN:The (Part One)[Video file]. Retrieved fromhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WElE_hRucpo
Thippeswamy,H., Goswami, K., & Chaturvedi, S. (2012). Ethical aspects ofpublic health legislation: The mental health care bill, 2011. Indianjournal of medical ethics, 9(1).