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Pharmacy Staff Can Reduce the Risk of Medication Errors for Hospital Patients

Medication ErrorsMedication errors affect an estimated 7 million patients in America each year. Capable of causing serious and potentially irreversible harm, such errors are usually preventable. Unfortunately, physicians and nurses are often understaffed or overstressed, which can increase the risk of a medication error occurring. That could explain why medication error occurrences plummeted when the pharmacy staff of a hospital took the medical history of a group of patients. Learn more about the recent study, and discover how an experienced attorney can help you pursue compensation for a serious medical error.

Changing How Medication Histories are Taken

A patient’s medical history can cause certain medications to be unsafe for them to take. For example, beta-blockers are typically contraindicated in people with diabetes because they can cause both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. If left unmonitored and untreated, taking this medication could lead to life-threatening complications for the patient.

Yet, in the recent study, researchers found that medical histories were not always accurate when handled by doctors and nurses. The study also determined that pharmacy staff could be the key to reducing the rate of medication errors in America. When they handled the collection of a patient’s history, the risk of a mistake plummeted by a staggering 80 percent.

Could this be a realistic model for reducing the rate of medication errors? Perhaps, but it may not be that simple. Pharmacists can make mistakes too, or they may simply fail to provide a patient with the acceptable standard of care. Still, the results of the study are promising enough to encourage more research.

Patients Can Decrease Their Risk of an Error

Although the study is promising, patients cannot run the risk of an error while the world of medicine figures out how to utilize the information from it effectively. As such, patients should know how to defend themselves from the risk of a medication error. First, ensure that the prescription that you receive from the pharmacist is the same one that your doctor prescribed. You can also ask about dosage, mention health conditions, and discuss your current medications (including over-the-counter ones and supplements with your physician.

Contact Our San Jose Medication Error Attorneys

If you or someone you love has suffered a loss because of a medication error, contact Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, LLP for assistance. Dedicated and experienced, our San Jose medication error lawyers know how to detect the signs of an error ad we can represent you in your case. Call (408) 289-1417 today.

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