Can Pennsylvania Emergency Room Medication Errors be Prevented?

6% of all medication errors reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority occur in emergency departments.  Emergency rooms were the third most common location for a Pennsylvania medication error in the period from August 1, 2009 – July 31, 2010.  The three most common reasons for medication errors in emergency departments including wrong doses, not getting the required drug,  or getting the wrong drug.

Now that the problems have been identified, it is time to come up with possible solutions to prevent the problems from continuing.  The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is recommending that emergency departments consider options including expanding the role of the pharmacy department in emergency departments, limiting the medications available in emergency departments, and incorporating redundancies in the medication process.

If you, or a loved one, have been hurt by an emergency room medication error in Pennsylvania then you may be entitled to damages. Please contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer for more information about your rights and potential recovery.