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Nurse’s negligence causes baby to lose pinky finger

Sometimes we take our day-to-day tasks for granted and don’t even think twice when we are doing them. But for a nurse at a Florida hospital, her routine task cost an infant her pinky finger when she accidentally cut it off while removing an intravenous tube that was attached to the baby’s hand.

This unfortunate accident happened when the mother was getting ready to checkout of the hospital and take her baby home after having been in the hospital for two days with a high temperature. The nurse that was removing the intravenous tube was using a scissors to cut it, but accidentally cut the baby’s pinky finger off instead and it fell to the floor. The baby began screaming and the nurse ran and got help. Doctors at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center tried to save the baby’s finger, but it was too late because the nerves of the finger were too delicate and the veins were too small. The mother of the baby is now suing the hospital for negligence.

In the lawsuit the mother is claiming that while the nurse was trying to remove the intravenous tube with scissors, she failed to follow safety procedures and that the hospital failed to train its employees on the proper use of scissors when removing tubes of this type. The mother is seeking more than $15,000 in damages and wants to make sure that this does not happen to any other child.

Hospital officials stated, “We deeply regret the harm to the child and want to reiterate our compassion and concern for her and her family.” The hospital also stated that they have not been able to reach a mutually agreeable resolution to this matter, but will continue to work towards that goal.

The nurse involved in the accident is an experienced nurse and was distraught days after the incident and took off time from work. She is currently still employed at the hospital.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Polk mom’s lawsuit: Nurse cut off baby’s pinky,” Ray Reyes, March 27, 2012

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