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Prescription Drug Lawsuits
Lawsuits Against Hospitals for Medication Overdoses Resulting in Death
When a doctor finishes medical school and gets her license, you would expect that the doctor would have the skill and knowledge to dispense dosages and a variety of medicines, and to know of prescription drugs and medicines which would be poisonous or fatal if mixed together. But it is not the case. New doctors are just that. They are inexperienced, and may have difficulty determining what the proper medications are to prescribe, or what drugs will have bad results and possibly result in hospital or clinic patient wrongful death or fatality.
Fatal hospital drug Overdoses in the Elder Population due to multiple medications.
Older patients are especially vulnerable to medication mistakes and overdoses.
The more fragile and elderly some patients are, the less they are able to cope or recover from medication mistakes. Also, those senior citizen patients needing multiple medications, especially those patients who are older and need four or more medications, are especially vulnerable and prone to have negligently administered or prescribed hospitals medication.
Overdosing and Medication Mistakes and Negligence in the NICU
NICU prescription drug order given by the physician are more complicated in most instances that the same medicine ordered for an adult, because many medications intended for adults but also used for infants and babies will need Weight based dosing and that might include Diluting Stock Solutions.
Infants and babies are do not have a strong constitution to fight off the serious consequences of a drug overdose or prescription drug error or mistake.
They are not yet adults, with adult immune systems, cardiovascular strength and may not yet have fully developed organs. Simply put, they are more fragile.
With their Respiratory concerns, Low birth weights, and Nutritional Issues, the NICU is hard pressed to make exacting and proper administering of medications. It is in the NICU that a small overdose may have the greatest effect. While I consider the NICU staffs and departments across our Country to be full of very caring and highly skilled people, this does not excuse them from having to pay proper attention to the type, amount, and frequency of drugs administered, including calculations of dosage based upon infant or baby weight.
Medication errors in the NICU are most commonly errors of dosing with anti-infectives.
Because the weight of a Neonate can change pretty quickly, medication orders that were fine and good when written may become stale and ineffective or simply dangerous to give later, at different weights.
In one study, a clinical pharmacist accompanying the doctors on their rounds significantly reduced medication errors. Computerized hospital record keeping systems and Computerized Hospital Pharmacy Departments are stated by several studies to be an improvement over non computerized systems. But I feel that computerized systems cause the hazard of complacency and are no substitution for the focus and attention to detail which the prescribing physician clinician and pharmacist must have in order to prevent harm to the very patients that they are trying to get well.
In most of these hospital pharmacy errors or mistakes lawsuits, in my experience, a personal injury lawyer will have to overcome the jury bias towards nurses and the medical profession as getting ” a pass” on creating injury or even death because they are trying to help. Certainly there are the equivalent of red lights or stop signs in medicine, and prescribing the wrong dosage or the wrong medicine, to me, is one of them.