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Tubing Misconnection Malpractice Attorneys

IV tubing misconnection errors pose a significant and multifaceted challenge within healthcare environments, stemming from a combination of human factors and systemic vulnerabilities. These errors, often rooted in human error, occur when healthcare providers inadvertently interconnect incompatible tubing or catheters, potentially exposing patients to grave risks. Factors contributing to these mishaps encompass various facets, including but not limited to similarities in connector design across different medical devices and inadequate training on proper tubing management protocols.

Consider the scenario where a nurse, faced with a hectic environment, mistakenly connects a feeding tube to an IV catheter, unwittingly initiating the infusion of liquid nutrition intended for oral consumption directly into the bloodstream. Such errors can have catastrophic repercussions, extending from inaccuracies in medication administration to the onset of life-threatening complications for the patient. Beyond the immediate harm inflicted upon individuals, IV tubing misconnections also carry broader ramifications, manifesting in heightened healthcare expenses and legal liabilities for healthcare institutions.

If you or a family member has been harmed due to an IV tubing misconnection error, the attorneys at Burnside Law Firm are here to discuss your medical malpractice claim. We have offices conveniently located in Augusta and Athens, Georgia, and your initial consultation is always free of charge.

IV Tubing Misconnection Negligence

Hospitals have known about the dangers of IV tubing misconnections for years. As far back as April 2006, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) sounded the alarm by issuing a Sentinel Event Alert (SEA) entitled Tubing Misconnections-A Persistent and Potentially Deadly Occurrence. JCAHO offers many suggestions designed to help hospitals reduce the incidence of injury. Some are simple, practical steps that are easy for hospitals to incorporate into training and everyday policies and procedures. They include:

  • Always trace a tube or catheter from the patient to the point of origin before connecting any new device or infusion.
  • Re-check connections and trace all patient tubes and catheters to their sources upon the patient’s arrival to a new setting or service as part of the hand-off process. Standardize this “line reconciliation” process.
  • Route tubes and catheters having different purposes in different, standardized directions (e.g., IV lines routed toward the head; enteric lines toward the feet). This is especially important in the care of neonates.
  • For certain high-risk catheters (e.g., epidural, intrathecal, arterial), label the catheter and do not use catheters that have injection ports.
  • Emphasize the risk of tubing misconnections in orientation and training curricula.
  • Identify and manage conditions and practices that may contribute to healthcare worker fatigue and take appropriate action

Combatting Tubing Misconnections: Safeguarding Patient Rights and Legal Remedies

Despite numerous efforts to improve patient safety, tubing misconnections remain a persistent issue in healthcare settings, with a range of contributing factors exacerbating the risk of errors. Nursing errors stemming from various challenges, including but not limited to poor lighting conditions in patient rooms during nighttime care shifts, fatigue induced by long hours and rotating shifts, insufficient training on equipment usage, and the inherent time pressures of healthcare delivery, all play significant roles in the occurrence of misconnections. Furthermore, the cognitive burden placed on nurses attempting to recall extensive amounts of information in fast-paced environments can lead to errors, as can lapses in adherence to proper nursing practices and techniques.

While adherence to the standard of care in connecting, reconnecting or changing tubing connections can mitigate the risk of misconnections, mistakes still occur, often with devastating consequences such as patient mortality or severe injury. Recognizing the gravity of these errors, it’s crucial for individuals affected by such incidents to seek appropriate legal recourse. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to an IV tubing misconnection error resulting from nursing negligence or hospital neglect, the experienced attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP stand ready to provide support and guidance. Schedule a free initial consultation at our Augusta or Athens, Georgia, office to explore your legal rights and potential avenues for seeking compensation, including recovery for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other associated losses. Don’t hesitate to reach out—your well-being and justice demand attention.

Contact Burnside Law Firm in Augusta or Athens, Georgia

If you or a loved one has experienced injury or incurred losses due to an IV tubing misconnection error stemming from nursing negligence or hospital neglect, we encourage you to reach out to the dedicated legal team at Burnside Law Firm. Our attorneys are here to provide you with a complimentary initial consultation, during which we can delve into the specifics of your situation and elucidate your legal rights. It’s important to understand that there are frequently legal avenues available to seek compensation for a variety of damages, including but not limited to past and anticipated medical expenses, as well as the physical and emotional toll of pain and suffering. Contact us today to explore how we can assist you in seeking justice and recovery.

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Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


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    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264