Medication errors occur at a shocking rate. Unfortunately, with the number of patients in most nursing homes, the number of medications those patients take each day, and the staffing levels in those homes, medication errors in nursing homes are common.
The number of medications, both over the counter and prescription, that Americans take regularly has continued to grow, and as the number of people taking medications expands, so does the opportunity for error. Statistically speaking, most people are much more likely to suffer a medication error than other types of accidents.
In a nursing home situation, staff members are often overworked. Each nurse or staff member may have many patients to take care of, all of whom may require several medications per day. The doctors who prescribe the medications may also be overworked and may make critical errors during the prescription process. Some common mistakes in nursing homes that can lead to medication errors include physicians failing to take complete medical histories, improperly labeling medications, failing to account for patient allergies, physicians writing poor orders, busy staff members confusing medications or giving the wrong dosages, and failing to note patients’ reactions to medications.
If your loved one has been given the wrong medications in a nursing home in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. You may have a cause of action against the nursing home or the staff members. Call us today to learn more or visit us on Twitter.