LEGAL QUESTIONS: Danger loomin' up

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 28 - 28
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    I work in the outpatient chemotherapy department of a rural hospital. The physicians want to place a central venous catheter (CVC) in one of our patients, and I'm concerned because she has a history of suicide attempts and drug and alcohol abuse. With a CVC in place, she'd have a direct line to give herself prescribed and illicit drugs. I've voiced my concerns to everyone, including the physicians and nursing administration .

    If the physicians go ahead with this procedure, how can we ward off legal problems down the road? —C.S., GA.

    Figure. No caption available. You're describing foreseeable—and potentially very serious—harm to a patient. Consult with your hospital's risk managers, legal counsel, and ethics committee; they're responsible for protecting patients and warding off possible charges of professional negligence against the hospital and its employees. They may want ...

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