A client is placed on a stretcher and restrained with straps while being transported to the x-ray department. A strap breaks, and the client falls to the floor, sustaining a fractured arm. Later the client shows the strap to the nurse manager, stating, "See, the strap is worn just at the spot where it snapped." What is the nurse's accountability regarding this incident?
A. Exempt from any lawsuit because of the doctrine of respondeat superior
B. Totally responsible for the obvious negligence because of failure to report defective equipment
C. Liable, along with the employer, for misapplication of equipment or use of defective equipment that harms the client
D. Exonerated, because only the hospital, as principal employer, is responsible for the quality and maintenance of equipment
C. Liable, along with the employer, for misapplication of equipment or use of defective equipment that harms the client.
Using a stretcher with worn straps is negligent; this oversight does not reflect the actions of a reasonably prudent nurse. The nurse is responsible and must ascertain the adequate functioning of equipment. The hospital shares responsibility for safe, functioning equipment.