Medication errors are one of the most prevalent forms of medical malpractice and often the most dangerous. Prescribing or administering incorrect medication to a patient can have severe and damaging consequences. Most medication errors can be prevented if medical professionals follow all proper procedures and protocols. There are many things patients can do to reduce their chances of being a victim of a medication error. Here are a few ways to prevent a medication error from happening to you.
Types of Medication Errors
Medication errors come in several forms that can potentially harm patients. The most common include errors in dosage or type of medication:
- Choice of medication: This is caused when medical professionals select a drug that is inappropriate, has dangerous side effects based on the patient’s medical history, or reacts badly with another type of medication.
- Writing errors: When a health care provider does not clearly write the prescription, or the pharmacist does not read it correctly, it can lead to a medication error.
- Dosage errors: Dosage errors occur when a medical professional prescribes or administers the wrong dosage of a medication.
- Incorrect administration: These errors may involve giving the incorrect medication, dosage, or method of administration. It can also involve not administering the medication at the proper time or for the wrong duration.
- Monitoring errors: These errors occur when a health care provider fails to monitor treatment and make changes to the medication.
In a professional and medical setting, these errors should never happen. Doctors and pharmacists can prevent these errors by treating patients with care and respect. If their negligence leads to a patient’s injury, the patient has the right to seek compensation.
Ways to Prevent Medication Errors
You should be able to trust your doctor with your medications and know that they have your best interests at heart. There are also ways you can protect yourself if your doctor makes a mistake. It is a good idea to note what medication your doctor prescribes, including the name, dosage, strength, timing, and instructions that come with it. After receiving it from the pharmacist, check your medication to ensure it is the right one and follow what the doctor said. It is also beneficial to learn about the possible side effects of your prescription and talk to your doctor about any problems or concerns you have.
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