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If doctors and nurses would only use their common sense and pay attention to the charting and exchange, many lives would be saved and patient death lawsuits because of drug prescription errors would be a thing of the past. Do any of these facts apply to you?
The hospital gave medication to the wrong patient.
A hospital doctor prescribed the wrong medicine because the chart or medical record was incomplete.
The physician prescribed the wrong drug dose to a patient or the nurse calculated an improper dosage.
The hospital attending or admitting nurse practitioner did not remember the patient was allergic to a drug, even though it was right there plain to see in the patient’s medical record or hospital chart.
Prescribed medication errors happen frequently, and the health care industry knows it.
Some common hospital or clinic errors are to prescribe the wrong dosage; give adult dosages instead of pediatric dosages; and doctors failing to check upon the medications prescribed by medical students and interns.
Some more known causes and circumstances of fatal drug errors that happen in a hospital include the doctors hectic environment and workload, perhaps assuming the practice or covering for the patients of another doctor may be contributory to prescribing the wrong medicine or dosage, or giving medication which the patient is allergic to. Such allergic reactions can run the gamut from mild allergic reaction to fatal anaphylactic shock .
Misunderstanding of the brand name or confusion with the brand name and prescribing drug of the wrong brand name instead of writing the scrip for the generic drug is are also known to be the cause of hospital patient death due to medication.
Failure to document drug allergies in the patient chart may be a reason for personal injury and a lawsuit for hospital prescription drug mistakes or malpractice needs a experienced malpractice attorney, and there are time limits for bringing a case, filing the lawsuit.
In many instances of hospital malpractice for prescribing the wrong medicine, the hospital pharmacy was in the habit of catching lots of these errors and the doctors had become used to writing out the name of the drug and letting the pharmacy act like a traffic cop, watching out for mistakes.
When a hospital doctor writes a prescription drug order, the way to avoid many errors is to include the dosage, frequency, form, how it is supposed to be administered.
Preferably, a small explanation of why it is being prescribed should be placed in the chart, and since the entire universe knows a doctors handwriting is often hard to decipher, using block letters is also a best practice.
While there is clearly a large component of human error and professional malpractice, the hospitals practices, policies and supervision may also be negligent and therefore the hospital may be a party to a prescription or medication error wrongful death lawsuit.