Currently in the U.S. diabetics make up 11% of the population. That statistic alone makes it an important illness for legal nurse consultants to understand. In addition, diabetes care and treatment typically involves a triple threat: misdiagnosis, incorrect medication doses and drugs, and mismanagement.
Jenelle Lea, a nurse with over 30 years of clinical experience, and a legal nurse consultant, describes the issues that complicate diabetic treatment and can lead to medical malpractice.
Misdiagnosis can sometimes be over whether the individual has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Since different treatments are required for the two major forms of diabetes, misdiagnosis can be a major problem. When the possible presence of diabetes is not tested for in emergency situations, life-threatening crises may develop.
Mistreatment can result from misdiagnosis. This is particularly dangerous in a hospital setting, where Type 1 diabetics are, through ignorance, kept at a consistently high level of blood sugar. This can lead to the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other life-threatening conditions.
From her experience, she advises that if you get involved in this kind of work, you must know the expected side effects of a drug. Basically, know everything that drug is expected to do, understand its interactions with other drugs, and meticulously determine whether there could be other causes for a condition.
This mismedication is part of overall mismanagement. Clinicians may attribute symptoms such as extreme irritability and states associated with mental illness. A person suffering from unmonitored high blood sugar may end up in a psych ward.
Jenelle illustrates her commentary with several stories that demonstrate the importance of high levels of medical alertness in the area of diabetes care and management. You will want to study this podcast closely.
Learn more about Diabetes Care – Misdiagnosis, Mismedication, Mismanagement Jenelle Lea
- What are the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
- How has technological monitoring of insulin levels evolved?
- How are diabetics misdiagnosed?
- What role does mismedication play in patients’ well-being?
- What should LNCs know about the mismanagement of a diabetic condition?
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Your Presenter of Diabetes Care – Misdiagnosis, Mismedication, Mismanagement Jenelle Lea
Jenelle has 30 years of clinical nursing experience within the ER and ICU settings, in addition to EMS experience, critical care transport, helping manage an ambulance company, and legal nurse consulting. She hails from Tennessee with an active multi-state license and a California license. Jenelle advocates strongly for her type I diabetes patients as her daughter is also a type I diabetic. In her spare time she enjoys family, friends, gardening, traveling, kayaking, hiking and the great outdoors. If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her.