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Medication errors by registered nurses are a big problem

The upcoming February 2017 print version of the Applied Nursing Research journal has a very interesting report about medical errors committed by registered nurses. These nurses are often considered the hallmark employees for patient care. This doesn't mean that they are immune to making errors that can impact patients in a negative manner.

You can help to prevent medication errors

In our previous blog, we discussed how medication error rates vary greatly in the special needs community. While that post did deal with a very specific group, it is a good reminder for everyone that medication errors can happen so steps must be taken to reduce the possibility that you will be a victim of these errors.

Medication error rate for special needs patients varies greatly

Hearing about someone dying in a care facility is a horrible occurrence, especially when the death could have been prevented if the staff members had been properly caring for the resident. One such case, which happened at Chesco in Pageland, is especially troubling. The case involves a 55-year-old man who was a special needs adult. He had lived at the home for around 12 years when he was found on the floor of the home deceased.

Medication errors shouldn't ever happen

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.

Sound alike drug names can cause serious issues

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.

Seeking compensation takes a lot of work

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.

Don't fall victim to medication errors

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.

Medications must be properly prescribed and dispensed

Whether you are being treated for a short-term medical issue like a sinus infection or a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis, you expect that the medications you receive are the correct medications in the correct dosages to treat the condition. You don't expect that the medications you are given will be incorrect or that they will harm you. In some cases, things occur that lead to medication errors.

Drug packaging changes are called for by federal agency

Making sure that you get the proper medications is something that medical professionals must do, especially if you are in the hospital and dependent upon nurses and other staff members to give you the medications. Interestingly, there are instances in which errors can be made and patients won't receive the proper medications. In some cases, this is because of packaging or labeling issues.

Don't let medical personnel get away with medication errors

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the steps that you can take to prevent medication errors. Even if you take all of those steps, you might not be able to prevent certain medication errors from occurring. When you are subjected to a medication error that leads to further harm, you might decide that you want to do something about the error. Seeking compensation is one option that you have if the medication error was caused by negligence. We can help you move forward with your case.

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