16 Sep 2022
According to the WHO, medication harm accounts for 50% of the overall preventable harm in medical care and as reported by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), in England alone there are in excess of 237 million medication errors each year, resulting in over 1,700 deaths.
Errors can occur at every stage of the process and can include:
They can also occur in every setting where care is given, from GPS and pharmacies, to hospitals and care homes – the latter of which accounting for the highest rate of errors, despite covering fewer patients than the other sectors.
Sadly, the patients on the receiving end of these errors, can be effected in a number of ways:
There are also cases of over-medication. In care homes, which we know account for the highest rate of errors, it is not uncommon for a resident to be given certain medication to keep them calm and quiet, when actually all they really need is stimulation, better care and more interaction.
It is clear that any mistakes in medication – be it dosage, incorrect prescription, or lack of monitoring – can make a patient’s situation considerably worse. If you or a loved one have been effected by medication or prescription errors, please contact Debra King from our Medical Negligence team on 01633 244233, who will offer a sympathetic ear and be able to advise you on your rights.
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