A registered nurse in New York has been charged with negligence by the New York Education Department. She reportedly gave patients the wrong dosage of drugs on several different occasions. She has since surrendered her nursing license and admitted that she was guilty of medical negligence.
Thousands of individuals suffer from prescribing, receiving and taking the wrong medication every single year, including roughly 7,000 pediatric patients. This can have serious adverse effects on the body. In some cases, it can result in the fatality of the individual. For that reason, it is crucial that New York residents do their part in preventing a prescription error from happening to them.
When a patient visits the emergency room or their family care provider in New York, they are often prescribed medication to help treat their condition. Sometimes, more than one medication can be prescribed. Unfortunately, a physician may not take proper care in determining how these medications will react to one another when taken together. This can result in dangerous conditions arising, possibly even death, due to a prescription error.
New York residents may be aware of the fact that medication errors occur. However, one may not put much thought into just how often they happen, especially in children. Studies show that as many as 27 percent of medication orders for pediatric patients are wrong in terms of drug or dosage. This leads to roughly 7,000 unnecessary deaths every year in the United States due to a prescription error.
Medication errors are a huge problem in today's society. Whether it is the wrong dosage or wrong drug, medication errors occur more frequently than anyone would like. From 2004 to 2008, the error rate increased over 50 percent. Because of this, a robotic RIVA IV system is being used in several hospitals in the United States, including here in New York.
More than 120,000 people are hospitalized every single year due to medication errors. These same errors cause 700,000 visits to the emergency room and 7,000 deaths annually in New York and across the country. A medication error can involve a patient receiving either the wrong dosage of a correct medication or the wrong drug entirely.
Most New York residents put trust in their physicians and pharmacists that they will provide proper medical care, medications and dosages of drugs. In fact, most never give a second thought to their prescription once they receive it from their pharmacist. It is just assumed that a medical professional would provide accurate instructions and the proper dosage of medication. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and wrong dosage prescriptions can be given, which may result in serious harm.
A new study reports that open-ended questions may be the tactic that physicians and medical staff need to prevent -- or the very least minimize -- prescription errors. A prescription error can range from giving the wrong dosage to the wrong drug entirely. Either way, there is a risk for serious short- and long-term harm for New York patients.
When someone is sick in New York, they will generally visit the doctor or the Emergency Room, depending on their individual situation and the time of day or night it is. Further, patients expect the the medical professionals they see will be able to safely and effectively nurse them back to health. In some cases, this may require a shot in the office, a dose of antibiotics or even a prescription narcotic for pain. However, doctors see hundreds of patients in any given day, and unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a prescription error to occur.
New York patients trust that their physicians and pharmacists provide them with the accurate dosage of medication to help them recover from an illness. Unfortunately, a wrong dosage medication error and overdoses can occur due to the negligence of health care providers. When this occurs, health care providers need to be held liable for the harm that they have caused. For one family in another state, they are finding out just how devastating a medication error can be.