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In the case involving the death of an infant in the NICU after an antibiotic overdose was prepared by the pharmacy I conclude that this is a case of negligence and therefore the hospital will be held liable. First, a duty to care was established because the patient was under the care of the hospital and the hospital had a duty to help and not further harm the patient. That duty to care was also breached because the infant’s death was due to the incorrect IV antibiotic dose being administered therefore resulting in death. Second, the employees of the pharmacy deviated from the common practice of the members of the pharmacy and the profession, resulting in injury. Third, the IV antibiotic was filled at the pharmacy and administered in the NICU resulting in death due to an overdose. This connection between the pharmacist negligent conduct and resulting damages suffered by the infant clearly shows that there was causation. In addition foreseeability does apply in this case because all of the elements of negligence were established and because all of the elements of negligence were established and because the pharmacist admitted that he thought that the medication may have been wrong but did not have a chance to check it therefore he should have foreseen that injury to the infant would occur.
I have some recommendations for avoiding this type of situation from occurring again in the future. Improving the policies and procedures of the pharmacy by 1) making sure that anyone taking medication from the outbox double check the logbook to verify the initials of the pharmacist before removing it for delivery to the patient for administration. 2) A separate location far away from the outbox needs to be put in place for medication preparation that is questionable and needs to be checked by a licensed pharmacist.…...

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