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Medication Errors At A Nursing Home

One of the most common causes of nursing home neglect is the understaffed nursing home facilities leaving workers unable to properly care for all residents.

There are numerous situations that may lead to medication errors in a nursing home. Medication errors are a serious and ever-growing health threat to elderly patients. Reports indicate that it is a common occurrence, happening at an alarming rate.

Actually, medication errors are the most common form of medical malpractice in elderly care facilities. Our elderly people are at elevated risks of serious injuries as a result of mistakes made by people they trust to care for them.

These errors happen because elder care facilities just don't have adequate and properly trained staff to properly care for our aging population. The most common types of medication errors are:

  • Failure to administer drugs
  • Overdose / under dose
  • Drug was given at wrong time
  • Failure to properly monitor
  • Errors by the pharmacy

In addition, while medications might be given correctly, some types of drugs are incompatible with others. Finally, what happens to the patient who is transferred from one facility to another? Both facilities are responsible for the drugs being given to their patients and sometimes, both facilities can be held responsible. The more medications a patient is taking, the greater risk of errors. Although only a small number of medication errors can cause adverse drug incidents, as many as 50% are caused by errors.

If you suspect that a family member is being neglected in a nursing home, I urge you to contact a compassionate and caring personal injury attorney at the law offices of Peach & Weathers for more information and an explanation of your legal rights. No one should have to be neglected.

We are conveniently located in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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