According to the United States Department of Health and Human Resources,
medication errors cause at least one death per day and injure approximately
1.3 million people annually in the U.S. Medication errors are more prevalent
than many people believe. Prescribing, filling, and administering medications
involves a chain of command, and if anyone commits an error in the chain,
medications could be prescribed or administered incorrectly.
The following are the six most common medication errors:
- The doctor writes an incorrect dosage on the prescription.
- The nurse administers the incorrect amount
- The doctor fails to thorough review the patient’s medical history
and prescribes a medication to which the patient is allergic.
- The doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider fails to warn a patient
of side effects or how to appropriately treat an allergic reaction.
- The doctor prescribes medication which interacts negatively with existing
medicines the patient takes
- The medication was mislabeled
Due to these possible scenarios, patients must be vigilant in sharing their
medical histories. However, monitoring medication is mainly the medical
professional’s responsibility. Doctors and pharmacists should always
be aware of patient’s allergies, as well as current drugs they take
that may interact negatively with a new one. Failure to do so often leads to
medical malpractice claims.
If you suffered an injury or illness due to medical malpractice in Pennsylvania,
contact our Philadelphia personal injury attorney at
Golomb & Honik, P.C. and request a
free consultation today.