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Medication Errors Archives

Dangerous Docs: How do we spot them? II

In the first post of this two-part series, we shared the results of a study that was recently published about how to spot doctors that could be putting your health at risk. In the first post we covered the dangers of a doctor who is too ready to prescribe medications and ones that are running on a lack of sleep. Both of these behaviors can lead to misdiagnosis,medication errors and other types of malpractice.

Dangerous Docs: How do we spot them?

Why do we go to the doctor when something does not feel right? We go because our health is one of the most important things in our lives and yet treatment of our ailments is one of the least understood things in our lives. Most individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation put blind faith in their doctor's abilities. They received years of intense training so they should know what they are doing right?

Pennsylvania hospital home to several medication errors

A recurrent problem has occurred in a Pennsylvania hospital resulting in patients being administered too much medication. Such a medication error led to two patients receiving approximately ten times more medication than was prescribed.

The need for interpreters in hospital emergency rooms

We've written before about how so many medical and medication errors occur due to miscommunications between staff members. Another important part of communication often overlooked is communication between medical staff and the patient.

Hospitals and Doctors Need to Admit Mistakes

Seven hospitals in Massachusetts have finally come to believe something that lawyers may say is pretty obvious: It is better if doctors and hospitals admit their medical mistakes up front to patients and try to pay them fair compensation for injuries they have caused.

Drug shortage can lead to medication errors

Pennsylvania's United States Senator, Bob Casey, has attempted to introduce legislation that would address a perceived drug shortage in the United States as it has felt that the nation is dealing with one of the worst drug shortages in 40-years. Such a shortage can also have unanticipated consequences that have resulted in a number of medication errors throughout the nation.

Pennsylvania medication errors and role of pharmacy

In a five year period in Pennsylvania, more than 500 medication errors occurred while an in-house pharmacy was closed. Many pharmacies have gone to on-site 24-hour services, but safeguards still need to be in place to prevent mix-ups in medications from occurring.

Doctors prescribing and dispensing of medicine at the same time

In Pennsylvania a doctor does not require a license to dispense of medication. Yet it is a great concern that doctors are provided with too much authority to directly provide medicine to patients without any safeguards to prevent a medication error.

Pharmacy mistakenly provides cancer medication to children

A pharmacy provided children with breast cancer medication rather than fluoride pills. Though the type of medication probably will not lead to adverse effects from taking of the incorrect medication, nevertheless this was a medication error that should never have occurred. Unfortunately, this type of error has occurred in Pennsylvania as well.

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