In Nursing Homes, Medication Errors Are Common
In an average year, more than 2 million Americans — representing over 7 percent of individuals over the age of 65 — will spend time in a nursing home. Roughly 10 percent of them will endure a medication error. While most of such incidents are minor, it is nevertheless common for a medication error to lead to organ failure, malnutrition, an inhibited immune system and other adverse health outcomes.
If you or a loved one has suffered the effects of a medication error in a nursing home, the attorneys at Kyle Law Firm can help you secure proper care, and also pursue justice and compensation through the legal system.
Based in New Braunfels, our lawyers are skilled in investigating the causes of medication errors, medical malpractice and other forms of nursing home abuse. In every matter we take on, it is our goal to hold the responsible party to account and maximize the restitution our clients receive.
The Causes Of Medication Errors In Nursing Homes
Nursing home residents often require a great deal of specialized care. They are more likely than the general population to have multiple chronic conditions, cognitive or motor defects, and require help with activities, including eating or using the restroom. They are also less likely than average to have family members available to care for them. As such, managing such individuals can be a complex undertaking.
In most scenarios, nursing home employees work hard to provide adequate attention and assistance to their wards. But there are situations when negligence, carelessness or a lack of training led to dangerous mistakes. In such cases, facilities must be held liable.
Medication errors can arise from any number of factors, including:
- Distribution of the wrong prescription
- Unforeseen complications arising from multiple or conflicting prescriptions
- Improper dosages
- Understaffed facilities or facilities where the staff are not properly trained
- Unclear prescription directions
- Memory failure or other lapses on behalf of caretakers
There are many opportunities for mistakes to occur. It’s important for nursing home residents and their families to know beforehand what they might be.
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