Rogue nurse highlights dilemma over blame vs. root cause

December 2009
Healthcare Risk Management;Dec2009, Vol. 31 Issue 12, p133
A Florida hospital is testing more than 1,800 patients for potential infections caused by a nurse who allegedly improperly reused disposable equipment. The case is drawing attention to the quandary of how to hold employees accountable while avoiding a culture of blame. ∎ Hospital officials say the nurse knowingly and intentionally violated Infection control procedures. ∎ The hospital has launched a major effort to contact all affected patients and test them. ∎ Experts say employees can be held accountable white also pursuing systemic flaws that allowed the transgression to occur.


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