Medication Errors and Prescription Mistakes in Nursing Homes

When Minneapolis Nursing Home Malpractice Results in a Medication Error, Victims Could be Seriously Hurt


One of the top reasons why a patient may need long term care in a nursing home is to properly manage and administer medication.  Yet, there are far too many medication errors and prescription mistakes which result in very serious injuries.  Some errors are so significant that they can cause the wrongful death of a resident.  As a Minneapolis nursing home malpractice lawyer, this is why I am starting week two of an educational campaign on nursing home malpractice to help potential victims and their families learn their rights.


What Are Some Medication Errors or Prescription Mistakes?


Anytime a patient receives a medication that is not exactly what was prescribed to him or her, that is a medication error by a nursing home.  This could be due to a different medication or a different dosage.  Even giving the medication too many times a day, technically a dosage issue, could be nursing home malpractice.  Prescriptions are orders from a physician that dictate the type of medication, dosage, and amount of times a day which must be followed.  When they are not, there could be serious consequences.


Some common medication errors and prescription mistakes in nursing homes include the following:


  • Giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient;
  • Providing the incorrect dosage, whether that be too much or too little;
  • Administering the medication too often or not often enough;
  • Confusing medications;
  • Confusing patients;
  • Adding medications, even over the counter, in addition to prescribed medications without checking for contradictions or reactions;
  • Not providing food or drink with certain medications; and
  • Many other causes.


Why are Medication Errors or Prescription Mistakes in Nursing Homes Serious Errors?


A medication prescribed by a doctor is intended to do something to your body.  It is intended to make a change somehow, whether that be chemically or to provide a physical response from the body.  Because of these, medications are quite powerful substances.  This is why a medication that is not intended to be given on a patient is given to the patient, there could be serious consequences if that patient is not able to handle or tolerate that medication.


Which is why medication errors are serious in nursing homes.  Most residents are elderly or recovering from a serious health emergency or problem.  Many residents are already in a weakened state.  When a medication that was not screened for them is given, the stress and affect on the body could be disastrous.  Moreover, most residents are also already on their own prescription regimen.  When an unexpected medication is added, it can have a severe and powerful reaction that could be fatal.


Minneapolis Nursing Home Mistakes Due to Medication Errors


Medication errors or prescription mistakes are very serious instances of nursing home malpractice which could result in permanent, debilitating, and painful injuries.  In some of the most severe cases, it can result in wrongful death.  If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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