Medical mistakes can take place when a doctor gives out the wrong prescription or administering an improper dosage of a drug. This can obviously be very dangerous to the treated patient and something that doctors should be held accountable for.
Another common type of medical malpractice claim is medication errors. This can happen in a variety of ways, from mistakes in prescriptions, inappropriate administration of drugs, failure to note potentially dangerous drug-drug or drug-disease interactions. or improper duration of therapy. One particularly common type of medical malpractice involving medication is administration of an improper dosage of drugs. Other types of mistakes may include prescribing or administering the wrong drug, prescribing drugs the patient is allergic to, and or failing to warn the patient of side effects he may experience.
Mistakes regarding medication are often preventable. An American Medical Association study found that 73% of adverse drug events (ADEs) were preventable. The preventable drug events were evenly spread between inpatient and outpatient settings. Often, the root cause of the adverse events was systemic in nature: health care providers were “set up” to commit errors through deficient systems that were not designed to ensure patient safety. Medication mistakes are often preventable.
Have you been impacted by a medication mistake in New Mexico? Has it caused you suffering and loss of quality of life? You should consider taking action before it’s too late. You need to speak to a lawyer before you can file a medical malpractice claim. The Davis Kelin Law Firm is Albuquerque’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm. If you are concerned about your medical treatment give us a call today at (505) 242-7200.
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