Medication Errors in Santa Rosa Nursing Homes
MEDICATION ERRORS CAN LEAD TO A FATAL INJURY
Many older people receive medication regardless of whether they live in nursing homes or live independently. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents are injured every year due to medication errors. A mix-up in medication, or the wrong dosage, in some cases can lead to a fatal injury resulting in a wrongful death.
At The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, a Santa Rosa elder abuse lawyer has the experience that families need when their loved ones have been injured due to medication errors. Call (866) 361-7546 for a free and confidential consultation. Find out how we can protect your legal rights and pursue compensation for your losses.
HOW DO MEDICATION ERRORS HAPPEN?
Medication errors can occur for a number of reasons, many of which are completely avoidable. It has been reported that numerous nursing homes across the country are understaffed in comparison to the amount of residents. Additionally, many nursing homes require employees to work long hours, creating a greater potential for fatigued and overworked staff members. Of course, these conditions create a greater risk for errors such as those dealing with medication.
Below is a list of some of the most common medication errors.
- Improper dosage
- Oftentimes, residents of nursing home receive the improper amount of medication. Whether it is too little or too much, a patient in need of a specified amount may suffer serious harm due to improper dosage errors.
- Incorrect medications
- Since many nursing homes must serve a large amount of patients every day, patients’ medications may be mixed up with other patients’. Unfortunately, this can have detrimental effects on patients with allergies. Of course, others may be harmed by receiving a medication not intended for his/her medical condition.
- Multiple medications
- Sometimes, medical staff members at nursing homes will not take into account the way a certain medication may react when mixed with another. However, mixing medications may have adverse effects on a patient.
- Failure to examine patient’s medical background
- Due to an overload of resident patients in many nursing homes, staff members may fail to examine a patient’s medical background, often missing information detailing patients’ medication allergies. Unfortunately, if a patient has severe allergies, one dose of the wrong medication can be fatal.
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