Medication Errors Can Lead to Injury or Death
As health-conscious beings, we rely on medications for a number of reasons. They are critical in treating and managing medical conditions of all causes. We also rely on the people who prescribe and dispense our medications. Unfortunately, those people sometimes make mistakes due to lack of knowledge or gross negligence. As a result, thousands of prescription errors and drug overdoses occur each year. These mistakes can be catastrophic; leading to injury or death in hospitals, medical offices, pharmacies, and at home.
Causes of Prescription Medication Errors
Medication errors, including medication strength overdoses can have many causes. A patient can be given the complete wrong medication or the improper dose of the correct type of medication. For example, when a member of a hospital staff fails to note a prescription change on a patient’s chart, the wrong dose can be given. If a member of the hospital staff fails to identify which patient should receive which medication, the incorrect medicine may be given to patients.
Unfortunately, in spite of the best efforts of medical and pharmaceutical professionals, errors continue to occur. If you or a loved one has been injured or has passed away as a result of a medication error, contact us today at (956) 725-7537 or at [email protected].
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