License to Let Die?: How Informed Consent Does Not Give Hospitals A Free Pass to Delay Treatment of Complications

MedMalPodcast.com: Discovering the Needle Series.

05-08-2022 • 16 mins

In this episode, Susan Wright shares an example of a known possible complication from a surgical treatment: hemorrhage. Informed consent doesn't give the providers license to provide substandard care. Complications happen, but when they do, during the post-operative period, when the patient is being monitored, and when clear signs of complication are evident and no action is taken, what looks like a simple bad outcome can be revealed as true negligence with the help of a nurse identifying when a reasonable and prudent person with similar training, education and experience should have recognized the complication and acted upon it. Remember, it's not always the procedure itself that is the malpractice incident, sometimes its the delay in response to complications.