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bar code medication administration, computerized order entry, critical care, critical care nursing, legal risk, malpractice, scope of practice, workarounds



  1. Catalano, Lori A. JD, MSN, RN, CCNS, PCCN
  2. Werdman, Eileen DNP, RN, CNS


Abstract: Critical care nursing requires critical thinking and quick actions. Because of this, nurses may exceed their scope of practice or utilize workarounds that risk patient safety, both of which can lead to malpractice. This article provides nurses with information on how to avoid legal risks in critical care.