We all need some kind of medication – whether it’s an over-the-counter medication or simple dietary supplements, most of us are dependent on small tablets and capsules. And since so many people are on a daily medication, any medication error can become a serious concern. Such errors can have dire consequences, and can cause a lot of pain to the patients.
Studies suggest that almost one-third of all adults in the US take at least 5 medications. The Institute of Medicine published its ‘To Err Is Human’ report claiming that around 98,000 people die each year due to mistakes in hospitals. Although the medical fraternity chose to dispute this number initially, it is now accepted that the numbers are correct.
Errors not only cost lives, but also damage the trust patients have in doctors and hospitals. Patients who experience disability because of a medical error suffer both physically and emotionally.
A study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Patient Safety says that the casualties are much higher. According to this study, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients who go to hospitals for medical care, suffer some sort of medical errors that lead to their death. If these figures are correct, then it is safe to assume that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US. The first is heart disease and the second is cancer.
Several factors contribute to medical errors. Perhaps the most important among them is the decentralized nature of the health care delivery system. Patients have to go to multiple care providers and none of them have access to their complete medical history. Because of this, things often go horribly wrong.
Some high profile cases involving medical malpractice are given below:
A patient was given blood thinner medication ten times stronger than what had been prescribed by her doctor by a Walgreens pharmacist. As a result, she suffered a massive stroke. She later received a $25,800,000 settlement. (Ref. Link –http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/walgreens-told-pay-285-mil-teen-pharmacy-techs/story?id=9977262)
A patient who is allergic to ibuprofen was given Motrin although the provider knew about his pre-existing allergy problem. The patient developed blisters on his face and they took several days to heal. Settlement is pending.
A patient was given hormone medication prescribed to another patient who had the same last name. Upon taking the medication, the first patient developed suicidal thoughts. She eventually had to be sent to rehabilitation until the medication left her body. She received a $20K settlement.
The patient was wrongly prescribed higher dosage. Medication was supposed to be taken 1/day, but the doctor’s prescription read 4/day. The patient received a modest settlement.
A 13-year-old girl who had a thyroid problem was accidentally given methadone, which is used to treat the addiction to heroin. There was a $10K settlement.
The patient was given the wrong medication; however, he did not suffer any harm. He still got a $8K settlement.
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