Delivering an appropriate medication at the right time can save a life, but a medication error is just as likely to cause serious injury. Research shows that this is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice, an all-too-common occurrence in America’s hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors’ offices.
According to a 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study, at least 1.5 million Americans are harmed as a result of medication errors every year, an average of roughly one per hospital patient per day. About 400,000 of these injuries occur in hospitals and 800,000 in long-term care settings like nursing homes. Some forms of medication errors are:
• Giving the wrong drug (about 25% of medication errors)
• Inappropriate delivery method (about 16% of medication errors)
• Delivering inappropriate dosage (about 41% of fatal medication errors)
• Prescribing inappropriate drug for patient
Although many steps are being taken to combat these forms of medication errors, they remain rampant forms of medical and nursing home negligence.
According to the IOM, the medication errors cost patients $3.5 billion in additional medical expenses, and resulted in an uncounted number of wrongful deaths every year. If you have been harmed by this type of medical error, please schedule a medical malpractice consultation with the Columbus, Ohio personal injury lawyers at Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today.