Researchers are suggesting that changes be made to the manner in which warning labels are applied to prescription medications. It appears that current labeling practices may not result in catching the attention of the individual taking the medication, and this has resulted in a variety of medication errors.
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.
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?
Though we often hear otherwise, statistics from the administration office of Pennsylvania Courts have shown that medical malpractice lawsuits have been on the decrease. This is in part because doctors have become more assertive in addressing patient's health concerns.
We've mentioned several times how communication errors contribute greatly to medication mistakes made in prescribing and administering the drugs. Now it is believed that cell phone communications may contribute to such medication errors as well.
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.
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.
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.
Zoloft is popular among Pittsburgh doctors in treating depression. However, studies have now shown that the use of Zoloft by pregnant women is now being linked to children being born with serious heart defects. And as well as congenital heart defects, use of this medication has also been connected with other birth injuries as well.
It has long been known that there are dangers anytime a patient goes under anesthesia. However, the dangers of brain injury to patients in our Pennsylvania hospitals may be even more pronounced that previously imagined.