What is a Medical Error?

In any nursing home, medical errors can occur. If you think that your loved one has experienced an error in their care, continue reading to learn more. If your loved one is the victim of this type of error, you can get help by contacting an attorney.

Medical Errors

Medical errors occur when a health care provider chooses an inappropriate care method or someone improperly executes an appropriate method of care.

Signs of Medical Errors

Some signs your loved one may be experiencing a medication error include:

  • Admittance of misdiagnosis
  • Admittance of mistreatment
  • Any adverse effect of treatment or diagnosis
  • Breach of duty of care
  • Infection
  • Negligence
  • Poor communication among staff members
  • Poor resident and staff communication
  • Sudden change in diagnosis
  • Sudden change in treatment

Examples and Causes of Medical Errors

Some examples of medical errors include:

  • Anesthesia errors
  • Bedsores
  • Errors in the lab
  • Infection from surgery
  • Injuries from falls
  • Issues with medication
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Poor communication with resident
  • Treatment errors
  • Urinary tract infections from catheter issues

Causes of Medical Errors

Here are a few reasons that this type of error could occur.

  • Understaffed facility
  • New procedures that staff are not used to
  • Illegible handwriting

Medication Errors

The most common medical error is a medication error.

Signs of Medication Errors

  • Allergic reaction to medication
  • Sudden change in medication or dosage
  • Sudden adverse reaction to medication
  • New diagnosis by doctor
  • New nurses or staff members administering medication
  • Poor communication between staff members
  • Changes in the patient’s behavior
  • New medication prescribed by a doctor
  • Staff members other than nurses administering medication
  • Staff members administering medication without the supervision of a registered nurse

Examples of Medication Errors

  • Administering an improper drug
  • Administering an improper dosage of a drug
  • Improper prescriptions
  • Prescribing a drug that does not mix well with other drugs that the patient is taking
  • Improper drug monitoring
  • Writing down the wrong dosage of a drug on a chart
  • Prescribing a drug that the resident is allergic to
  • Improper packaging
  • Improper distribution
  • Poor order communication

Getting Help

If your loved one has experienced a medical error that has affected their health, you should contact us to get the support you need and have your questions answered. You can call us at 203-208-3065.

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