Practice of Medicine

Claims Lesson

Incorrect Ear Drops Result in Deafness

May 18, 2015

The Case

This claim involves a 10 ½ month old child who was inadvertently given the incorrect ear drops during tympanostomy tube placement, resulting in erosion of both ear drums and deafness.

A newly employed nurse arrived to the surgical center early to check the list of four surgeries scheduled for the day. She prepared the medications to be used during each of these four procedures. She …

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