There are seven common medication errors in nursing homes. Nursing homes take care of our society’s most vulnerable members. The elderly and permanently disabled may reside in these facilities. Like other healthcare facilities, nursing homes can be hotspots for medical mistakes. For more information reach out to a medical malpractice lawyer.
In nursing homes, medication errors are one of the most common types of mistakes made by staff members. Seven common medication errors in nursing homes include:
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Be it an oversight when getting medication from the pharmacy, or searching for medication and getting it mixed up with another by a similar name when patients are given the wrong medication, the result can be catastrophic.
Consider the case of Tennessee nurse RaDonda Vaught, who was tried for the death of Charlene Murphey, a 75-year-old patient who died after she was prescribed a sedative but was accidentally injected with a paralyzer by a similar name.
Vought was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult and sentenced to three years probation. She was also stripped of her nursing license.
This is not the first, nor likely the last medication error that will happen in a nursing home or another medical facility.
Studies have suggested that 28.1 percent of medication errors are those where a nurse or medical provider has given the wrong dosage of medication to a patient. Unfortunately, when a patient is not following a medical order, either by their own doing or that of a caretaker, the result could lead to worsening of the initial medical condition, death, and increased medical costs at the burden of the patient and their family.
If you suspect that a loved one is not getting enough medication or not getting a proper dosage, it is imperative to reach out to a nursing home neglect attorney who can guide you through the process of filing a claim against the negligent medical facility.
We’ve all been to doctors’ appointments where we’re asked to fill out an extensive medical history including current medication usage, family history, surgical procedures, and allergies.
These extensive documents are utilized to help medical providers give proper treatment for new conditions, or on continuing care for pre-existing conditions. However, when a nursing home, doctor, nurse, etc. does not review these patient medical histories and a loved one gets sicker or dies, there should be repercussions.
When you get a new prescription filled, you’re likely given a piece of paper that explains any side effects that can be expected with the medication. However, it’s also expected that your medical providers will be looking at the potential drug interactions that could occur when adding in a new medication.
But when a provider gives a patient a medication that should not be taken with an already prescribed drug, and family members voice these concerns, and nothing is done to review the medications, then something happens to the patient, justice is possible.
There are certain guidelines patients and care providers must adhere to when taking or giving medication. Unfortunately, when there are staff shortages, overcrowding in nursing homes, and simply not enough resources to go around, this can lead to patients suffering.
When a patient is not given medication at the proper time, it can lead to delays in care and overlap with other medications that may not be most effective when taken together.
While there are times when a medical provider or caretaker may not administer a medication dosage at the right time, there are also times when a nursing home resident may not be given their medication at all.
Unfortunately, these forms of nursing home abuse are all too common, but difficult to prove without the proper legal representation. If you suspect that a loved one is not given their medication as a form of medical abuse, contact Regan Zambri Long.
Not all medications come ready to be given. Some require preparation, mixing, or being given intravenously. However, when a patient is not properly given their medication, it can result in the medication being ineffective or even dangerous.
Further, if patients have specific nutritional needs, are unable to swallow, and are not given their medications in a way that works within those limitations, they can sustain serious and even fatal injuries.
While several common medication errors occur in nursing homes, many of these are caused by preventable issues within the nursing home itself. Common causes of medication errors in nursing homes and other medical facilities include:
If you or a loved one suffered injury, illness, or death as a result of a medication error in a nursing home, know that you have options to seek financial recovery for your losses and pain. However, to secure that compensation, you first need to establish who is at fault for the medication error and resulting illness, injury, or death.
Parties who may be held liable for a medication error in a nursing home include:
There may be legal options to recover compensation for nursing home medication mistakes. Like hospitals, medical malpractice can also occur in these facilities.
You should speak to a Washington DC medical negligence lawyer at Regan Zambri Long PLLC if your loved one was harmed while receiving care in a nursing home. Our attorneys could discuss whether you have options to recover compensation for an injury or loss.
Nursing home abuse cases can be complicated, especially when it comes to medication errors. Without definitive timelines, it can be hard to prove what went wrong and by whose hand. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have options to seek justice.
If you or a loved one were a victim of a nursing home medication error, Regan Zambri Long will work tirelessly to ensure that negligence is proven and that your losses and injuries are properly calculated so you get the compensation you deserve. Be it in insurance claims, or if the case needs to go to court, our medical malpractice attorneys and nursing home abuse lawyers are here to provide the legal guidance you need to recover from this horrific event. Reach out to a DC personal injury lawyer.
For a no-obligation, free consultation, contact Regan Zambri Long at 202-960-4596 or connect with us online.Tagged Medication Errors, Nursing, PatientSafety, WashingtonDC