People in Bellevue like anybody else develop illnesses, contract diseases and suffer injuries from time to time. Over time the methods and procedures to treat these health complications has become better and better, which is good for people in these conditions. There have also been many new medications developed to help treat various illnesses or diseases or to regulate side effects people may experience as they deal with the health conditions.
While these advances in medicine are very helpful, the medical procedures must be done correctly and the medications must be prescribed and administered correctly. When there are medication errors, people can suffer very serious adverse complications such as psychological and physical pain. Also, 7,000 to 9,000 people even die each year in the U.S. due to medication errors.
How medication errors occur
Medication errors can occur at many different times and steps along the process of medication administration. Errors can be made right away when medications are ordered or prescribed, they can also be made when they are being documented or transcribed, dispensed, administered and monitored as well.
Approximately 50% of medication errors occur when the medication is prescribed or ordered. Healthcare providers may write the prescription for the wrong medication, the wrong dose or how often the medication needs to be taken. Anywhere between 30% – 70% of these errors are caught by pharmacists and other healthcare workers, but that means that many still reach the patients and can cause problems.
Medications are very important for people in Bellevue as they fight illnesses and diseases or recover from injuries. However, medications must be prescribed and administered correctly. If they are not they can cause significant medical and financial troubles for the patient. Additional medical bills can add up quickly and people may not be able to work while they recover. People who find themselves in this position may be entitled to compensation though. Experienced attorneys understand these complicated matters and may be able to help make one whole again.