Medication Errors Cause For Alarm

Medication Errors Cause For Alarm

A recent article in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, entitled "The Real Consequences of Medication Errors," discusses the grave effects from prescription and other drug efforts.

In fact – medication errors can have profound and deadly impact. One anesthesiologist interviewed for the piece tragically recalls a healthy child coming in for elective surgery who ended up dying as the result of an injection of medicine that had been mislabeled.

In an effort to reduce the number of mistakes, authors provide the following advice: "Focus on proper labeling, smart storage and constant communication to protect patients from harm."

If you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of a medication or prescription error, it is critical to consult with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyer to answer your questions, and begin an investigation into your matter.

As highlighted in this article, one of the leading causes of medication errors is a lack of communication or oversight on behalf of your doctor. This includes not only human error such as mislabeling, but treatment related mistakes and errors such as where a doctor does not pay close attention to your medical history or fails to ask you about your allergies. In these situations a physician may prescribe you a medication that could actually cause you much more harm than good. Medication errors can also be connected to diagnostic errors. If your doctor incorrectly diagnoses you, then the medication they prescribe to treat that illness will be incorrect.

Recently, Senator Barbara Boxer released a report detailing a frightening statistic – that between 210,000 and 440,00 people die each year from preventable medical errors. This includes a significant percentage of patients affected by medication errors.

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of a prescription or medication error, please contact the skilled San Diego medical malpractice attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson for an immediate consultation.


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