Medication errors are some very serious errors that can lead to long lasting harm or death. Understanding what factors can lead to these mistakes when they are made by pharmacists might help some patients to avoid being affected by a medication error.
Pharmacists that work in busy pharmacies are more likely to make medication errors, according to one study done on the matter. In fact, when 100 to 200 orders per shift occurred, the error rate was 2.58 per 100. At 201 to 400 orders per shift, the error rate increased to 8.44 per 100 orders. When the number of verified orders was greater than 400 per shift, the error rate was 11.11 per 100 orders.
The time of day also has an impact on the number of errors that occurs. Generally, the evening shift has the highest error rate. Day shift comes in second, Night shift comes in last, meaning that the night shift is the generally the safest time to have a prescription filled.
Medication errors claim 44,000 to 98,000 lives in hospitals each year in this country. That is simply unacceptable. Pharmacists must take their duties as the last line of accountability before patients utilize the medications seriously. When pharmacists make medication errors, the patients have to bear the brunt of the effects.
Seeking compensation for medication errors made by the pharmacist is one possible way that you can hold the pharmacist accountable for the error. A successful claim for compensation would provide you with the financial means to help cover medical bills and other care costs that you have because of the error.
Source: Pharmacy Times, “What Makes Pharmacist Mistakes More Likely?,” Meghan Ross, accessed July 19, 2016