Despite the many regulations, rules and precautions set in place to keep patients safe, medication mistakes still happen at a disturbing rate throughout the nation. Medication mistakes happen when physicians, hospitals, pharmacies or other medical professionals prescribe and administer the wrong drug, the wrong amounts, dangerous combinations, or drugs that the patients are allergic to.
Unreadable handwriting can surely be a cause in some prescription drug mistakes, but medical facilities that care about offering topnotch health services find ways to reduce medication overdoses and prescription drug mistakes. Prescription drug mistakes can be evaded with technology, adequate training, and consistent medical procedures. If only all hospitals would make the attempt to provide this level of care and crucial attention to detail.
Did you know?
Sometimes, the cause of a medication error is an allergic reaction.
An allergic reaction cannot be avoided if the patient is unaware of an allergy, but if the patient has provided the prescriber with a total medical history and acknowledged the allergen, it is medical malpractice to prescribe a medication that can result in fatal anaphylactic shock.