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What are common medication errors in nursing?

In the realm of medical malpractice or nursing home negligence, medication errors make up a great number of cases filed. Because these cases are so common, it’s important to know what some of the more common errors are and how they are caused.

Many common medication errors involve inappropriate dosage—either too much or too little of a drug—or using the wrong drug entirely. The latter happens when drug names are abbreviated on labels, which can be confusing for the people who are administering them. Many drug names are similar, and even when someone is not tired or overworked or rushed, these mistakes can be made. That risk is higher when facilities are understaffed or overcrowded. In facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes, medication error with IV drugs is also common for the same reasons.

Administration of inappropriate drugs can cause other problems, such as drug interaction or side effects from the wrong drug. Drugs may also be given to the completely wrong patient, especially if charts are put in the wrong place or if patients/residents share rooms.

If you or a loved one have suffered because of a medication error, Malman Law can help. Contact us today.

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