A 72-year-old woman is admitted to the hospital with gastroenteritis and dehydration

A 72-year-old woman is admitted to the hospital with gastroenteritis and dehydration. There are no indications in the chart of her having dizziness. She also does not directly inform the nurses of her dizziness. She asks to be brought to the bathroorn, She is lefl alone on the toilet when she becomes lightheaded, faints, and hits her head against a wall sustaining a laceration. The patient and her family subsequently file suit against the hospital for negligence.
what will be the most likely outcome?

She wins secondary to the negligence of the nurses.
She wins secondary to the negligence of the physicians.
She wins if she has sustained significant brain damage.
She loses because there was no significant injury.
She loses because she did not inform the nurses she was dizzy or lightheaded

Explanation:

(e) She loses because she did not inform the nurses she was dizzy or lightheaded.
Malpractice occurs if the physician, hospital, or other staff deviated from the standard of care and the patient sustained harm. lt is not a deviation from the standard of care to leave a patient unescorted on the toilet if she does not offer a complaint. There would have been malpractice and liability if the patient had informed the nurses that she was dizzy and in need of assistance and they did not provide it. The patient has a responsibility to inform staff of medical conditions that would have an imnact on her care