Vaccinations are one of the most important health controls today, preventing infectious diseases from making their deadly progress through the population of Australia (and the world). By the same token, mistakes with vaccines could lead to people lacking immunities they believe they have – a dangerous combination.
Some worrying trends around vaccines involve patients' unwillingness to take their inoculations, with The Age reporting a concerning recent spike in anti-vaccine sentiment. The rise in conspiracy theories has led to people increasing their own risk of serious illnesses. But what happens when people want to be vaccinated but doctors do not correctly administer them? That frightening scenario played out in Adelaide recently.
According to a recent ABC News report, a nurse in Adelaide has been terminated from her job for not just administering the wrong vaccines to young patients but also subsequently doctoring patient records to cover her tracks. In an example of the mistakes that occurred, the nurse inoculated a patient with the IPV vaccine twice, when one of the sessions should have been for the MMR vaccine. This meant the child in question never received the MMR vaccine, leaving them unprotected against measles, mumps and rubella.
Doubling some vaccinations and missing others was not the only kind of error committed by the fired health care professional. She also gave too small a dose of flu vaccine in one case, then changed the records to make it appear the procedure had been completed correctly. While it was the vaccination mistakes that put patients at risk, the practitioner committed other offences while employed at the clinic, logging into systems with falsified credentials to issue herself prescriptions and sign up for medical plans.
ABC News reported that the nurse has been fired and cannot provide health services for 15 years. That was even more than the 10 years suggested by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
If you or a loved one has suffered harm from a mistake at a medical practice, you may be eligible to begin a medical negligence claim. The statute of limitations is usually three years, but it can be longer in some cases. Working with experts in health claims, such as the legal team at Gerard Malouf & Partners, can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation and give your claim the best possible chance of success.
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