Re: [MOL] Nurses cited for chemo overdose [02797] Medicine On Line


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Re: [MOL] Nurses cited for chemo overdose



Yes, once should always double check; but how sad when it was the mistake of
the doctors orders, isn't the doctor held accountable also?  What a mess.



-----Original Message-----
From: Martin Auslander <fitecancer@earthlink.net>
To: Medical On Line Forum <mol-cancer@lists.meds.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 9:15 AM
Subject: [MOL] Nurses cited for chemo overdose


>Good Morning My Friends,
>
>The following message is something for those that face chemotherapy to
>be cognizant of. HOpe the following information is beneficial. My Barb
>faced 41 various treatments of chemotherapy over more than 3 years
>straight. I became very good friends with the pharmacist who mixed the
>drugs and made ourselves aware of the prescribed mix and dosage of
>chemotherapies. It was educational as it was a safety factor and
>preventative for Barb, my wife. wE had heared some horror stories and
>being educated and precautious is one method of keeping yourself safe
>from the possibility of overdose.
>
>God Bless
>marty auslander
>
>
>BOSTON (AP) - Eighteen nurses at a renowned cancer center have been
>cited for giving chemotherapy overdoses to two patients, one of whom
>died as a result. The overdoses both occurred in 1994. At the time
>the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's policy did not require nurses to
>double-check doctors' medication orders and verify their accuracy
>with experimental protocols or treatment plans. But the Massachusetts
>Board of Registration in Nursing held Monday that the nurses can be
>held accountable anyway. Two of the 18 nurses cited by the state
>board have signed consent agreements to accept probation for one year
>and to undergo additional training. The other 16 face disciplinary
>hearings. See
>http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2557900277-d5b
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