Hospital Medication Errors
There are millions of reported medication errors occurring in US hospitals every year. Medication errors include giving a patient the wrong drug, giving a patient the wrong dosage of a drug, either under dosing or overdosing a patient, and administering expired medicine. Such errors are a very common cause of injury to hospital patients.
Hospitals are increasingly under the gun to improve medicine dispensing techniques, and are heavily regulated by the government and insurers. And yet, the errors continue. Reporting medication errors can help to improve the overall quality of care in hospitals, and is crucial in your receiving the proper medical care we all deserve. However small or insignificant you may think the error which you have experienced while being cared for in a hospital, do not hesitate to report that error.
Hospital Medication Mistakes & Mis-filled Prescriptions
Hospital medication mistakes can occur for many different reasons. Like drug stores, hospitals have on-site pharmacies for their patients. Therefore, hospital pharmacies can suffer from the same profit pressures of drug store pharmacies, including understaffing, corporate policies that emphasize speed in filling prescriptions; pushing the work down to lower paid and less educated pharmacy assistants and or LPNs; and budgets that do not allow for enough employees to handle the high volume. These pressures can lead to:
- Filling the prescription with the wrong drug
- Providing the wrong dosage to the patient
Regulating the Hospital Medication System
Efforts to reduce medication errors in hospitals have increased in recent years, and the number of injured patients is slowly starting to decrease. But for financial reasons as well as deeply entrenched beliefs and management practices by hospitals, the efforts to increase quality control and decrease patient injuries resulting from medicine errors are both progressing very slowly.
For these reasons, if you or a loved one have been injured by a medication error while under the care of a hospital, know that you are not alone, and it is extremely important to all of us that you reach out to report the error. If you have suffered a hospital medication error that caused you an injury, unnecessary pain and suffering, added surgeries or treatment due to the error, seek competent legal counsel to protect your rights and your future quality of life. Millions of patients in the US have filed claims and recovered damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost wages, lost quality of life, and diminished future earnings. Also, the reporting of medication errors is helping to make the system used in hospitals more accurate and less prone to devastating medication errors.
Tampa Medical Malpractice Law Firm
At Distasio Law Firm, we have successfully fought for and recovered sizable settlements and verdicts for personal injury clients for over twenty years. We represent clients throughout the state of Florida, and will review your case for no charge. If we believe that you have a claim, we will assemble a team of medical experts to review your medical records. Every step in your case will be handled in a prompt, professional manner, with the focus being on your ultimate successful recovery. Contact us today so we can schedule an appointment at your convenience with one of our attorneys. Scott Distasio is a Board Certified Trial Lawyer and highly qualified, with exceptional credentials.
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