I think Alex understood the severity of his mistake as soon as he saw that the patient was seizing. Not to defend what Alex did, but he is not alone in bearing responsibility for the mistake. There is a system of checking that takes place with drug orders, so if his order was incorrect it should have been caught by the pharmacist and the bedside nurse. Olivia said she gave what he ordered, but she should have questioned it if she didn't think it was right rather than just blindly following the order. Especially an order from an inexperienced intern. Sometimes mistakes get by everybody though, because we're all human. A mistake that causes severe injury or death to a patient is called a "sentinel event" and there would be a huge meeting between administration and everyone involved to figure out why it happened and what needs to be done to prevent it from happening again. It would be a gazillion times more of a big deal than the show made it out to be. Alex would be required to be at such a meeting but so would Olivia since she actually gave the IV solution and the pharmacist who dispensed it for not catching the error.
I'm not sure why they didn't let Alex try the experimental things--how could that have hurt? It was almost like they wanted the patient to die or be disabled to teach Alex a lesson.
Hopefully George has seen the light about Meredith and not being able to make someone love you, thanks to leech man. And also realized that his only other choice isn't the nurse who keeps hopping into bed with Alex. Loved her apology to Izzy in the elevator--couldn't have made it worse if she was trying. And really not her fault. Except that a lot of these people could learn that if you are lonely you are better off talking to a friend than hopping into bed with some random person....
Mr. Martin’s former employee told them that he didn’t have any family and friends, so there is no one to file a lawsuit. It’s really sad when you think about it. At the very least, they should do an investigation.
Thanks Marleybone, I am glad to know real life would reguire more investigation. I couldn't understand why they were just glossing it over - I thought, Alex has to retake the exam, and now he makes a serious, possibly fatal error, and no one calls him into discuss it before a board??????Originally Posted by Marleybone
While I can understand an intern making this mistake, I couldn't figure out why his future in the program wasn't in the slightest jeopardy. I guess TPTB are not after realism.
Thanks for clearing it up for me!
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