Hospitals are legally required to make sure their staff, including nurses, are educated and qualified to perform their duties. Besides their legal obligation to vet their staff before hiring them, hospitals have financial reasons to make sure their doctors and nurses can perform their job. After all, a medical malpractice lawsuit against a medical professional could lead to the hospital being liable for damages. Yet, in hospitals all across the nation, including South Carolina, the role of nurses in these sorts of cases is becoming more evident.
A recent study showed that both the education of nurses and the number of nurses on the floor could have a serious impact on the wellbeing of a patient. Being understaffed, or being staffed with poorly educated nurses, could lead to a higher death rate of up to 30 percent.
For every 10 percent increase in the number of nurses who held a bachelor’s degree, the mortality rate dropped by seven percent. Conversely, for every patient added on to a nurse’s workload, the likelihood of a patient dying within a month of being admitted increased by that same seven percent.
Researches cited the fact that budgets are being cut as a main contributing factor to the lower quality and quantity of nurses. Hospitals are more likely to higher lesser educated nurses and stretch them thin over too many patients.
If you have suffered a worsened medical condition due to this form of hospital negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. A medical malpractice attorney may be able to provide more information and legal counsel.