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Dealing with prescription medication errors


One of the last things a patient in Boston expects when receiving treatment for a health problem or illness is to face prescription medication errors. It's a matter of trust between a patient and the medical professionals when having surgery or being given medicine to clear up a problem. For the most part, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and pharmacists are cautious when fulfilling their duties. But that doesn't stop the inevitable mistakes such as an anesthesia error that can occur. These errors can make a person sick and even lead to death.

Patients need to be cognizant of the possibility of a negligent pharmacist or doctor making prescription medication errors. There are certain steps that a person should take to ensure that they are paying strict attention to the medication they're given.

Being aware that errors happen is sound advice. Some medicines have similar names and the doctor or pharmacist might be working too quickly to notice an error. Patients need to check their prescription and ask questions before leaving. Confirming how much is supposed to be taken and the potential side effects of drug combinations can avoid tragedy.

When a mistake is found, it's imperative to inform everyone involved from the pharmacist to the medical center as to what happened. These strategies will help a patient ensure they are taking proper care of themselves and their family members.

A mistake due to the wrong drug or something as seemingly innocuous as a failure to read doctor's handwriting properly can lead to debilitating injury and fatality. A person who was harmed in this way might end up needing extensive hospitalization and long-term care. If there is a death, the family left behind might never realize what actually happened. If it is suspected that a medical professional made an error in administering anesthesia or there were prescription medication errors, the case must be fully investigated.

People who are being given anesthetic or receive a prescription are placing an inherent trust in the medical professionals and pharmacists. In many instances, that trust is justified as they go about their business professionally and make certain everything is as it should be. But if there is a mistake or a belief that there was a mistake, those who were hurt need to understand how to proceed in receiving compensation. Discussing the matter with a legal professional experienced in anesthesia and prescription medication errors can help.

Source: U.S. News & World Report, "How to Deal With Prescription Mistakes," Lisa Esposito, July 3, 2014

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