Nursing Home Medical Errors

You don’t have to be a doctor to know that significant, even fatal, medical errors take place too often when people get medical care. Errors are especially common in nursing homes where employees are too often overworked and undertrained.

Medical errors in nursing home facilities can be caused by simple mistakes, forgetting, overlooked orders, and carelessness. Errors may also be caused by verbal, written, or other types of communication that is confusing or incomplete.

The Ohio nursing home abuse lawyers at Slater & Zurz LLP can give you detailed information about legal remedies for a specific error that you may be concerned about.

Medication errors are very common in hospitals and nursing homes. Errors may include dose omission, overdose, under dose, wrong dosage, or even administering the wrong drug.

Drug errors may also be caused by similar sounding product names or by packaging issues, e.g., a medication package may have a similar font, color, size, and design as another medication package.

Other medical errors include:

  • Bed sores
  • Patient suicides
  • Falls
  • Air embolism
  • Catheter-associated infections
  • Injuries such as fractures, dislocations, intracranial injuries, crushing injuries, and burns

The best way to prevent errors is to be active and involved in your medical treatment or the treatment of your loved one. Here are some important recommendations:

  • Make sure nursing home employees know about every medicine and dietary supplement you are taking.
  • Make sure nursing home employees know about any allergies and adverse reactions you have had to medicines.
  • Make sure you can read a prescription your doctor writes for you.
  • Ask for information about your medicines in terms you understand.
  • When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy, make sure it’s the correct medicine.
  • Ask all health care workers who will touch you whether they have washed their hands.
  • Speak up if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Make sure that someone, such as your primary care doctor, coordinates your care.

For detailed information about a specific medical issue, contact the Ohio nursing home abuse lawyers Slater & Zurz LLP by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send us a Blog Message to schedule a time to talk.

To learn more about nursing home abuse and neglect in Ohio, please visit http://www.stopohionursinghomeabuse.com

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One Comment on “Nursing Home Medical Errors”

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