Injury or death caused by a wrong prescription?
WHY DOES INJURIES OR DEATH CAUSED BY WRONG PRESCRIPTIONS CONTINUE TO OCCUR?
Our medical system has a remarkable inability to recognize failures or lapses in care and to take appropriate remedial actions to correct the failures – even if thousands of lives could be saved by simple procedures being implemented. So, what is preventing appropriate steps from being taken to avoid injuries or deaths caused by incorrect prescriptions? The answer is that multiple failures cause this breakdown in our healthcare system.
The overarching reason why medical care providers continue to cause injuries and deaths as a result of incorrectly dispensed medications is that there is a lack of recognition within the medical care community that the problem exists and there is a lack of standardization of the process by which prescription drugs are dispensed.
HOW SIMPLE IS IT TO PREVENT INCORRECT DISPENSING OF MEDICATIONS?
Preventing injuries or deaths caused by virtue of incorrect prescriptions being dispensed is as simple as making each link in the chain (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians) formalize the process of checking and re-checking their work. A simple checklist that requires each of these professions to acknowledge the intended prescription and to insure that the intended prescription is dispensed is simple enough to implement and it will prevent harm to patients.
If you have questions about an injury or death caused by an incorrect prescription, contact the personal injury lawyers at The Sessions Law Firm, LLC.