Medication errors are defined as any error in the prescribing, dispensing or administration of a drug whether there are adverse consequences or not. They are the single most preventable cause of patient injury. Theseerrors can occur at anystage in the drug use process from prescribing to administration to the patient.
Illegible prescriptions and low staffing levels are considered by both doctors and nurses as two of the reasons why medication errors occur.
In 2010, 6,882 medication errors were reported to the Clinical Indemnity Scheme.
Many medication errors cause harm only for a short period, but some result in serious injury, illness and even death. Prescription mistakes can be made by GPs or hospital doctors writing the wrong letter on a prescription or chart; or by pharmacies giving out the wrong drugs. Most dispensing errors occur at the chemist although a growing number take place in nursing and care homes.
The three most common errors reported are:
- Wrong dose prescribed
- Missed doses
- Wrong medication given due to illegible prescriptions
- Wrong patient receiving medication
- Warfarin/Heparin dose errors leading to pulmonary embolism and death
- Drugs administered intravenously instead of intramuscularly
Our Medical Negligence Irish Solicitors have considerable experience in representing clients in anaesthetic claims.
If you or a loved one suffered injury caused by a medication error, please contact us to speak with one of our specialist solicitors who can evaluate your case to determine your legal rights and options.
We offer free consultations to find out whether you have a case and will explain how to go about claiming and the process involved. We will give you clear unequivocal advice about your chances of success and the anticipated value of your claim. If after talking to us you decide not to take your medication error claim further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged anything at all.
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