In our previous blog post, we discussed how medications that sound alike or are spelled alike can lead to medication errors. That is only one of the errors that can occur when a patient is prescribed medication. In fact, every step of the process from the prescription to the filling and dispensing introduces the possibility of errors occurring.
Some drug names sound alike or are very similar. This makes it possible that patients will receive the wrong medication because of the similarities. That simply isn't acceptable. In 2001, the United States Food and Drug Administration started the Name Differentiation Project that included a list of drug names that should have tall man letters. Tall man letters are bolded uppercase letters that are meant to draw attention to the actual name of the drug to stop mixups.
In a 2010 speech to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, administrator Anne S. Ferro shared the FMCSA's statistic that three out of 10 truck drivers suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea, a disorder which impacts the individual's ability to breathe while sleeping. When the breathing stops, those afflicted with sleep apnea wake until breathing resumes. In some cases, individuals may stop breathing 30 times in an hour. As a result of this condition, individuals feel exhausted even after sleeping for a full night.
You trust your doctor to take good care of you. When you went into his or her office with complaints associated with a medical issue, you probably expected the doctor to make a diagnosis and issue a treatment plan. While that does happen in most cases, there are some cases in which a doctor fails to diagnose a patient or fails to adequately treat a medical condition. These can both be very serious issues.
While it may be distressing to consider and upsetting to discover, elder abuse in retirement homes can be overlooked due to a loved one's deteriorating mental condition or inability to communicate as a result of a stroke. Whether the abuse or neglect is physical, emotional or financial, such exploitation does occur.
As family members age, they may develop health conditions that leave them unable to live on their own. Without the ability and training to house and care for them in your home, you may have no other option but to place them in a nursing home.
Most drivers here in South Carolina and elsewhere can remember a time when they got behind the wheel despite being so tired that they hardly remember getting to their destinations. This feeling is dangerous enough for people driving passenger cars.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how patients can help to prevent medication errors. If you recall, we covered how important it is for you to let your doctor know everything you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and homeopathic treatments. We also discussed how you should pay attention to the medications you take to make sure you recognize them and are getting the right medicines. We know that there is only so much you can do.
Medication errors can be deadly. That is one reason why you should make sure that you know about what medications you are taking, why you are taking them and the prescribing information about each one. When you are involved in your health care in that way, you might be able to minimize the risk of being affected by a medication error.