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Be proactive to prevent medical malpractice medication errors

Any type of medical procedure carries an inherent safety risk. Most Iowa patients understand this when they entrust their personal care to doctors, surgeons, nurses and other medical staff members. Problems, such as medical malpractice medication errors, wrong-site surgeries and other mishaps continue to plague many hospitals and nursing facilities throughout the state.

Potential poor reactions or side effects of anesthesia

At some point in the life of a Iowa resident, surgery or procedures that require anesthesia might be necessary. While licensed anesthesiologists know what they're doing and hospitals take care to ensure that patients are being dosed properly, mistakes may still be made, or issues may arise that hadn't been predicted before the procedure.

How do medication errors occur?

Millions of people across the United States depend on medication to control their conditions and treat their illnesses. You may visit the local pharmacy on a regular basis or even have your prescriptions delivered to your door through a mail-order service. When you receive your prescription, you assume that you have been given the right medication for the condition, in the right dose that will be effective. You may assume that the doctor and pharmacist have checked the medication to ensure you are not allergic to it, and that you will experience minimal side effects from the drug. Although these medical professionals are some of the most trusted in the nation, they are human and are prone to error. Medication errors may be more common than you think.

Anesthesia error rates high in perioperative phase

Patients heading into surgery in Iowa hospitals are most likely grateful for the possibility of anesthesia to make the procedure as painless as possible. Though anesthesia provides many benefits before, during and after a surgical procedure, patients also should be aware of the accompanying risks.

Causes of medication errors

Medication errors in Iowa can lead to devastating effects. At Galligan Reid PC, we know that an error of this type can claim lives, lead to extended suffering or cause serious side effects. That is why it is important to understand how they occur and what you can do to help prevent an error happening in your care.

How common are medication errors during surgery?

While you may be like many people in Iowa who trust that their doctors are being thorough and accurate when they are administered medications during surgery, recent studies show that this may not always be the case. There can be several reasons for mistakes, but the fact remains that many medications are given in error. The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists studied 277 operations and reports on the problem of adverse drug events and medication errors.

Messy handwriting leads to medication errors

To people in Iowa, it is fun to joke about how doctors have messy handwriting, to people who have experienced a medication error, messy handwriting is not something to laugh about. According to Time, about 7,000 deaths every year are a result of medical errors caused by messy handwriting, with another 1.5 million people suffering injuries because of the same errors. Issues usually result because dosage amounts and directions cannot be read, or medication names are incoherent. Obviously, a patient receiving the wrong dosage or wrong medication can have catastrophic results.

Wrong medications compromise nursing home residents’ health

Making the move to a nursing home is not one that you and your loved one choose lightly. However, if you are unable to provide round-the-clock care, you may be concerned that dementia or immobility issues may put him or her in danger. When health care providers at the long-term care facility prescribe and administer medications that are unnecessary, your loved one’s life may be at risk. We at Galligan & Reid, P.C., have offered legal counsel to many families who have had to deal with this type of nursing home abuse.

Preventing a medication error

As a patient, there are a number of medical professional mistakes you may encounter, such as a doctor's failure to diagnose a serious health condition. However, at Galligan & Reid, we know that medication errors are particularly problematic and have turned many lives upside down in Polk, and across the state of Iowa.

Children and medication safety

When Iowa parents have a sick child, their first priority is working to get that child well. They trust medical professionals to do the right thing for their children and to be particularly cautious when prescribing treatments and medications. Unfortunately, sometimes things can go awry, and children may suffer as a result.

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