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Medication Errors

Medication errors are one of the most common medical errors that occur in hospitals, with over 1.5 million reports each year. On average, every hospitalized patient has at least one medication error each day in the U.S. However, most medication errors have either little effect on a patient or no long-term effects. However, in a significant number of cases, a medication error has caused permanent long- term injury and disability or death to the patient.

Many medication errors are only noted from reviewing medical records after a patient is discharged from a hospital, or when a nurse discovers the error before any significant harm of injury occurs. However, when a medication error results in injury to a patient, the hospital is required to notify the patient or the family about the medication error and its effect on the patient. Due to the fact that medication errors are rarely defensible, many physicians will downplay the effect of any admitted medication error or claim to not know the effect.

Since many medication errors in Stockton occur in patients with underlying medical conditions, or even multiple underlying conditions, the specific effect may be more difficult to identify. Unfortunately for patients and their families, many physicians will attempt to hide the effect of any error under the complexity of the patient’s initial medical problem.

In these types of situations, any patient or family who is aware of a reported medication error in Stockton should have the patient’s medical records reviewed carefully by a competent and skilled medical malpractice attorney in Stockton, to determine the relationship between the medication error and the patient’s medical condition.

Often, the only evidence of a medication error is the administration of some corrective medication. These are two of the more common medication errors that occur in hospitals:

The usual cause of most medication errors involve a combination of poor writing by doctors; miscommunications among doctors, nurses, and pharmacists; failure by nurses to check orders given by doctors; and often in serious cases, the cause is usually a combination of errors by multiple medical providers.