Posts Tagged ‘Medication Errors’

The Truth About Hospital Medication Errors

Monday, June 7th, 2010

 PA medication mistakes

In June 2010, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority published an article about hospital mediation errors.  According to the article, the storage of medication is an important piece in protecting patient safety.

Medication storage was reported as a contributing factor to medication errors in more than 200 cases between June 2004 and October 2009.  More than two thirds of these errors reached the patient.  In almost half of the cases that reached the patient, the wrong drug was administered to the patient – a circumstance that can easily lead to catastrophic results.  One quarter of the patients who were administered the wrong drug required additional medical treatment as a direct result of the medical error.

To combat this problem, the Patient Safety Authority recommends that hospitals implement a well organized drug storage system based on where the medication is kept. For example, different systems are necessary for patient care areas and for pharmacies.

If you’ve been injured by a medication error then you may be entitled to compensation.  Contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer for more information.

Why is July a Dangerous Time to Get Sick?

Friday, June 4th, 2010

For years, the medical community half joked and half advised to avoid getting sick during the month of July because that is the time that new interns and residents start working.  Now, there is hard data to back that up.

Recently, California researchers found a 10% spike in deaths due to medication errors.  The spike occurs in July of each year and only in the counties with teaching hospitals.  The researchers looked at data from 1979 – 2006 in their study.

The researchers hope that this study will encourage greater supervision of new residents and increasing education about medication safety.  In the meantime, if you get sick this July and seek treatment at a teaching hospital, make sure that you bring an advocate with you and double check all medication before taking it.