Prescription Drug Overdoses and Mistakes : A Real Problem in Virginia Hospitals
With all of the tasks that a hospital has to perform keeping track of its patients one of the most fundamental is making sure that the prescription drugs which are given to patients are the right kinds in the right amounts. In my 23 years of doing personal injury law including medical malpractice I have heard of various nightmare scenarios where a child is given three times the dosage of a medication that they needed but that would kill them in such a high amount. I have heard of situations where confusion as to the patient or the doctor’s order or other factors caused the wrong drug to be administered to the wrong patient causing them catastrophic harm.
Today’s pharmaceutical industry has become extremely good at developing and marketing drugs that do all kinds of incredible things to save lives. However the actual administration of them still involves a lot of potential for human error. When these errors occur patients can be killed or caused serious bodily injury especially in the hospital setting where drugs are being pumped into many patients through many devices including through IVs.
If you or a family member has been hurt by a prescription drug overdose you should contact an experienced Virginia Beach medical malpractice attorney for a free consultation.
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