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Medication Errors Archives

Do computerized records result in less prescription errors?

We recently wrote concerning skepticism about the wide use of electronic records as a part of medical care. The skeptics felt these records were often the blame for certain medical errors. However, other studies have suggested that, if used correctly, these electronic records can reduce certain types of medication and prescription errors.

Electronic records blamed for medication errors

An authority from Pennsylvania and experts from many other different states have expressed skepticism concerning the widespread use of electronic records for medical care. These records in turn have been blamed for a number of medical mistakes, injuries and even deaths due to incorrect information being input into patients' charts.

Tainted medications and medical malpractice

Healthcare professionals in Pennsylvania may not be held strictly liable when drugs or medical devices cause injuries. However, this is not the same as saying that doctors or hospitals cannot be held liable whatsoever. It just means that the attorney for the injured party will have to prove up their claim that the medical provider was at least in part responsible for the injury.

Mix-up of medications for epileptic children

One registered pharmacist from Pennsylvania has reportedly heard of a number of mix-ups concerning medications that are given to certain children suffering from epilepsy. The children that suffer from a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) are apparently at risk for receiving the wrong medication because the prescribed drug is close in name to another prescribed drug.

Hospital reportedly used inferior drugs to treat leukemia

A hospital may have to pay in excess of $100 million concerning a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed against it. The lawsuit concerns a series of medication errors where the hospital reportedly failed to provide the newest drug therapies to children that were suffering from leukemia.

Care in a busy ER could cost more...and not just money

Whether you call them emergency rooms or emergency departments, a recent study shows that if you seek medical attention when one is busy you might be risking more than money. According to the study, there was a direct link between busy ERs, mortality risk and higher financial costs.

Pennsylvania nursing home's license may be revoked

Taking care of an elderly person can be hard so a lot of families entrust the care of their loved one to a nursing home facility. It's scary to turn the care over to someone else, but it's worse when the facility has problems with reporting and its staff.

Doctor penalized for poor record keeping

A Pennsylvania doctor was recently assessed a civil penalty of $2,000 and ordered to enroll in a remedial education program due to purported problems with the keeping of medical records. The doctor apparently did not note in the records changes in a patient's medical condition, nor did the doctor report the symptoms reported when prescribing a particular patient a controlled substance. It seems the doctor also failed to record details in prescribing the controlled substance.

Patient's untreated infection leads to amputations

A patient wakes up and discovers that his hands and legs have been amputated due to an infection called methicillan-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). This infection was originally misdiagnosed and, because it was left untreated, eventually resulted in the need for the removal of the limbs.

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