A single medical error can be fatal all too easily. Pennsylvania residents have heard of more than enough stories of such tragic situations. Surgical errors, missed or incorrect diagnoses and medication errors frequently top the list of the most common forms of medical malpractice. When medications are involved, an error could be in the form of the wrong drug being given, a dosage mistake, the dispensing of a dangerous combination of prescriptions and more. Sometimes these things happen from simple acts like the failure to read a doctor’s handwriting properly.
There can be many things that cause a medical error. Surgical mistakes, items left in a patient’s body, incorrect or even completely missed diagnoses, a medication dosage mistake and more can all turn a Pennsylvania patient into a victim. In the world of medication errors, problems can occur at many points. Injuries to patients can be traced back to the actions of a negligent pharmacist, a dangerous combination of prescriptions or a doctor prescribing the wrong drug.
Thousands of Pennsylvania residents take prescription medication every day. Sometimes the medications are given on a routine basis while other times they are for a short duration to address a specific one-time problem. No matter the situation, the need to ensure safety for patients and avoid medication errors is great as these problems can lead to serious injury or even death.
In a recent post, we wrote about a girl who allegedly died because her prescription painkiller was not properly diluted at the pharmacy. Tragically, errors like this occur more often than we would like to think. Sometimes it may be because of a dosage error made at the pharmacy as in this case, but there are other things that can lead to fatal medication errors as well—including mistakes made by doctors in Pittsburgh.