A medication error, as defined by the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, is “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.”
These medication errors, also known as adverse drug events, send roughly 3.5 million patients to their doctor’s office every year, while sending another 1 million to the emergency room. The rate of mistakes has more than doubled over the last 15 years. More than half of these mistakes result in a serious injury or death.
Generally speaking, medication mistakes can take place anywhere in the health care system, whether it’s in the prescription, dispensing, or monitoring. Prescribing faults are the leading driver of medication errors, accounting for about 70 percent of all medication mistakes.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as a result of a medication error, don’t wait to reach out to the medical malpractice lawyers at Burg Simpson in Arizona by calling 602-777-7000 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form today. We offer a no-obligation free consultation where we can go over your particular case and decide the best course of action.
The most frequently cited medication errors include:
- Wrong medicine administered
- Medicine administered to the wrong patient
- Improper dosage
- Wrong medication for the condition
- Wrong medication based on medical history
- Improper prescription combination
- Medication administered to intoxicated patient
- Experimental medication administered without proper consent
In a country where about 80 percent of people regularly take prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, or supplements, adverse drug events are a universal problem. If someone in your family has suffered because of a medication or prescription error, don’t wait to get in touch with a Phoenix malpractice lawyer. Call our Burg Simpson Arizona office right now at 602-777-7000.
Any number of factors can lead to medication errors. The most common ones include:
- Poor handwriting
- Lack of proper procedures/techniques and/or adherence to established protocol
- Improper/unclear labeling
- Failure to examine patient’s medical records for drug allergies
- Failure to examine patient’s medical records for other drugs
- Failure to adjust dosage based on changes in health.
- Insufficient manufacturer warnings.
Medical professionals frequently blame their mistakes on stress, incomplete product information or inadequate training. If a medication error has caused an injury to you or a loved one, call a medical injury lawyer in Phoenix at 602-777-7000 before it is too late.
Our Burg Simpson Attorneys in Phoenix Arizona Can Help
In short, most medication errors are generally a result of bad communication or bad medical decisions. In the time it takes to administer a drug, a life can change forever or ended altogether. If such a mistake has hurt someone you love, you need the help of the experienced Arizona medical malpractice attorneys at Burg Simpson. Complete our Free Case Evaluation Form here or call our Phoenix office at 602-777-7000 so we can help.