Medication errors are an extremely common type of medical malpractice. Medication errors harm a staggering 1.5 million people each year. In many cases, these errors result from a medical professional’s failure to adhere to the duty of care.
There are many opportunities for this type of medical error, and these errors can occur at any point in the process of prescribing to administering the medication. While medication can be prescribed incorrectly in the first place, there could also be miscommunication between when the medicine was prescribed and when it was administered. Common errors include:
While there are many ways a patient may be harmed by medicine errors, the most common error is giving the incorrect dosage. The FDA estimates that incorrect dosage errors make up approximately 41% of all fatal medicine errors. Giving the incorrect medication and using the wrong route of administration were the second and third most common medication errors. If any of these errors result in patient injury, it may constitute medical malpractice.
Medical errors involving medication may have a number of different origins. These can even result from issues with the manufacturer’s labeling or a prescriber with insufficient training or poor communication. Some common causes of medication errors are:
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