Prescribing the correct medication can help minimize a patient’s pain and suffering and ensure he/she attains optimal recovery. However, whether it’s the wrong prescription or incorrect dosage, a medication error can have the opposite effect, leading to severe complications or death. In this article, we will discuss common types of medication errors and how these mistakes affect patients.
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Let’s explore a few of the most common types of medication errors:
Many factors, such as the age, height, weight, and gender of the patient, are taken into account when determining the correct dosage of a certain medication. While healthcare providers can and do make mistakes when calculating this amount, it’s more common for patients to misread or misunderstand dosage instructions. Overdosing on some medications can lead to severe complications, while underdosing will delay the patient’s recovery or cause the condition to worsen.
Prescription drugs can contain ingredients that trigger severe allergic reactions in some patients. As part of accepted standards of practice and medical guidelines, doctors are required to ask patients about any allergies before prescribing these drugs. If a healthcare provider proceeds to prescribe medication containing an ingredient a patient is allergic to – despite awareness of his or her medical history and allergies – this may be grounds for a medical malpractice or negligence claim. Keep in mind that a doctor can also be held liable for damages if he or she fails to enquire about the patient’s allergies before medication is prescribed.
Whether it’s to prevent damage to internal organs, ensure healthy recovery, or minimize the risk of addiction, many medications are prescribed with a set of instructions from the doctor describing how often and exactly when the drug must be taken. If the instructions are wrong, unclear, or illegible, and these errors led to pain and suffering for the patient, this may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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