A drug error affects about 1.3 million Americans every year. These medication errors cause extensive damage and fatalities annually. “Any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer…related to professional practice, healthcare products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing; order communication; product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature; compounding; dispensing; distribution; administration; education; monitoring; and use”, is defined to be a medication error by the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention.
A drug mistake can occur during various circumstances and by different medical professionals including a pharmacist, a nurse, or a physician. When a medical error that could have been prevented leads to the injury or death of the patient that was prescribed or given the medication, the victim or their family can seek legal counsel from a medical malpractice attorney from the Tampa location of Percy Martinez. When a medication error is committed through the means of medical negligence, the victim can file a lawsuit against the responsible party. Medical malpractice occurs more than it should be happening, and drugs errors are a great part of medical malpractice cases.
Frequency and Type of Medical Error That Takes Place
- In 41% of drug error cases that led to a fatality, involved an improper dose administration of the drug. Giving too much or too little of a certain drug can be just as deadly as giving the wrong medication. The patient’s medication history, current weight, and important information must be taken into account when the dosage is administered.
- In 16% of medication mistake cases, using the wrong method to administer the drug and giving the wrong medication takes place. Specific medications will be needed to be given in certain ways like orally or through an IV. When a medication is not administered how it should be, the effect of the drug can result in extensive injury to the patient.
People who are 60 and older account for more than half of all medication mistakes. The reason behind this statistic is the fact that an elder person often requires taking multiple prescriptions at the same time. Preventing drug errors and using caution when administering a medication, can reduce the number of patients that fall victim of a drug mistake.
Too Many Mistakes Are Occurring with Medications
A medication mistake can occur during the making of the drug, the prescribing of it, and even during its administration, which is a problem that Percy Martinez Law Firm’s medical error lawyers in Tampa understand. The firm knows that many people must take medication, if not it may cause them more harm. The negligent medical professionals that committed the drug mistake need to account for their actions and compensate the victim for their damages, which is something that the Tampa lawyers of medical mistakes strive to accomplish daily.
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