People who rely on dialysis to survive are taking a risk each time they hook up to the machine. This is because the machine actually pulls blood from the body, filters it and returns it to the body. At each step during this process, there are risks.
Birth control is something that many women refuse to live without simply because they aren't ready to have a child. When a woman goes to the doctor to get birth control, she is often presented with various options. These options all contain good points and warnings about possible dangers. Unfortunately, not all doctors take the time to explain the potential dangers of a specific birth control method.
Our previous blog post discussed the case of the woman who was burned from the inside out due to a medication that she was prescribed. This woman now has to deal with severe disfigurement and pain for her entire life. This is a tragedy that might have been avoided if the doctor who prescribed the drugs was a little more cautious.
Imagine taking medications to make you feel better only to find out after a few days that the medication is actually burning you from the inside out. This is exactly what a young woman from South Carolina's southern neighbor faced.
Medications are great tools that doctors have at their disposal to try to help patients to heal and recover from medical issues. The problem with these medications is that they can be dangerous if there are ever any errors made with them.
When you go to the doctor's office or to a hospital, your primary contact is likely the nursing staff. You might have already thought about how serious it would be if your doctor was negligent or caused you harm, but most people haven't thought about how serious it is when a nurse does the same thing.
The medical team members who administer medications must ensure that they are giving the right medications to the right patients using the right method at the right time and in the right dose. Those five points are known as the "five rights" of medication administration. When those five points are verified for each mediation administration, the risk of medication errors declines significantly.
Going to an emergency room for medical care is supposed to provide you with care that can save your life, not harm you. Sadly, some people who seek help in an emergency room don't get the care they need for one reason or another. In these cases, the person might wonder if they have a claim for medical malpractice.
Medication errors are serious matters because they can have a negative impact on patients who are already having medical issues. Medical facilities should ensure that they have proper protocol in place so that people who distribute the medications provide patients with the proper drugs in the correct dosages at the ordered times.
In our recent blog post, we discussed how registered nurses are responsible for a good number of medication errors in hospitals. This shocking news means that many patients who trust nurses to care for them properly might end up being harmed. We know that facing the realities that occur after a medication error can be harrowing.