Resuming our blog entitled Medication Mistakes & Malpractice Claims: Here’s What You Should Know (Pt. 1), below, we will continue highlighting some pertinent and fascinating facts about this type of malpractice.
More Important Facts about Medication Mistakes…
- In many cases, medication mistakes take place at some point during the process of administering drugs to patients – When considering the occurrence of medication mistakes, these mistakes can theoretically take place at any point from when the medication is packaged to when it’s handed over to and taken by patients. However, researchers have found that as much as 33 percent of all medication mistakes take place at some point during the process of administering (giving) drugs to the patients who need them.
Some examples of the medication mistakes that can take place during the drug administration process include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Prescribing the wrong type of drug to patients, based on their conditions, other medications they may be taking and/or medical histories
- Prescribing the wrong dose of a medication to patients
- Giving patients the wrong type or dose of medications
- Not clearly telling patients about contraindications for their medications (i.e., what patients should not do when taking a certain drug).
- Researchers project the incidence of medication mistakes in the U.S. to increase in the near future – This may be the most distressing fact about medication mistakes discussed in this blog series. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, more and more people in the U.S. will likely be impacted by medication mistakes in the not-so-far-off future.
This spike in future medication mistakes is expected as a result of a number of different factors, only some of which include:
- The Baby Boomer generation getting older and relying increasingly on prescription medications.
- A growing trend of prescribing drugs as a preventative measure, instead of just as a reactionary measure to combat existing illnesses or conditions
- More new prescription medications being introduced in the near future and new uses being approved for existing drugs
- Growing coverage of prescription medications by insurance providers.
Our conclusion to this blog series will be posted soon – don’t miss it!
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