Medication Errors in Nursing Homes
Misadministration of medicine and medication errors are frequent and serious problems at nursing homes.
Receiving the wrong medication or not administering the medication in the dosage or frequency as required by the physicians order occurs as a result of carelessness on the part of the staff, lack of supervision of the nurses administering the medications, or in some instances, not having enough properly trained and supervised to staff to administer the medications correctly.
Have you or someone that you love been given incorrect medication or an incorrect dosage by a nursing home staff member that resulted in an injury or serious side effects?
Did you know that you may be eligible to file a lawsuit claiming financial compensation for your injuries?
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Studies have shown that the two most common medical mistakes are:
- Delayed or missed treatment of medication; and
- The administration of the wrong dose or the wrong medication
Studies also show that nursing home medication error occurrences are widely underreported. It is estimated that only 1.5% of all medication errors are actually reported. Since 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 95,000 reports of medication errors. These reports are voluntary, so the number of actual medication errors is believed to be higher
Nursing home and medication error risks can be considerable because many patients are on a number of prescriptions and have already compromised physical health conditions. If medication error causes injury to a resident, they have the right to seek compensation for their losses.
The following are the most common types of medication errors:
- Medications administered to the wrong patient;
- Medications given in an incorrect dose (overdose or inadequate dose);
- Failing to monitor the effects of a medication. Many medications like blood thinners (Coumadin, Heparin, Lovenox) require regular laboratory tests;
- Administering a medication to a patient who is allergic to the medicine.
In a nursing home or assisted living facility, medications should only be administered under a prescription by a qualified nurse. The standard of care requires the nurse to verify the prescription, the medication, the dose, and the patient before administering each medicine.
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Taking legal action against an abusive or negligent nursing home is one of the best ways to raise awareness, improve quality of care and effectively improve the life of your loved one and other victims of nursing home abuse/negligence.
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