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Medication Errors That Can Occur During Monitoring

Watch the video below to learn more about the medication errors that can occur during monitoring and learn how errors occur during drug monitoring.


Learn More:
An Overview Of The Prescription Medication Process

Medication Errors That Can Occur During Transcription

Medication Errors That Can Occur During Prescribing and Writing Orders


Video Transcript

0:00 Intro
0:18 Med Errors That Can Occur During Monitoring: Monitoring Medication
1:17 Med Errors That Can Occur During Monitoring: Communicating With Your Patient

So we come to the final phase of the prescription medication process, which is the concept of monitoring. What do we mean by monitoring?

0:18 Med Errors That Can Occur During Monitoring: Monitoring Medication

For example, a properly written, documented, transcribed, dispensed, medication may include on its label a warning for a patient to not take the medication with food or not take the medication at a particular time of day or night. We have the important concept of failing to warn the individual or failing to recognize the actual warning given by a healthcare professional.

Sometimes the healthcare professional neglects to provide a necessary warning. On the other hand, sometimes the patient or the caregiver either ignores or for whatever reason, doesn’t appreciate the nature of the warning that was given.

1:17 Med Errors That Can Occur During Monitoring: Communicating With Your Patient

In addition to the warning issue, monitoring means, among most importantly, communication between healthcare professionals and patients and their caregivers. Monitoring means follow-up, somebody associated with the healthcare practice, following up with the patient to make sure that things are going well with that medication and that patient, or at least providing the patient with an opportunity for communication of any issues, problems, adversities that they have experienced when using the medication.

So we have discussed the milestones along the prescription medication process pathway. We have talked about the proper ordering of the medication, the proper documentation, the need for proper transcription, the need for proper dispensing, the need for proper administration, and then last but definitely not least, the need for proper monitoring, and that includes proper warnings to be given to the patient and caregiver with regard to the use of any particular medication.

Again, if you would like to explore more detail with regard to any aspect of the prescribing of medicines process, please contact us at the LawMD.

Our lawyers have successfully represented clients who suffered injuries when a pharmacist, doctor, or nurse failed to properly administer, prescribe, or dispense medication. These healthcare professionals must ensure that the patient is given the right dosage and type of medication when prescribing and dispensing drugs.

While many people assume that the medication they receive will work, some cases can put patients’ well-being in danger. If a pharmacist, doctor, or nurse acts negligently and the patient is hurt, they could be held responsible for any damages such as lost wages and medical expenses.

Morgan & Morgan’s Florida office has medical negligence attorneys with decades of experience in helping patients who have been injured by medication errors to receive damages. To find out if we can help you, or someone you love, if you have been hurt by a medication error fill out the free case evaluation.

Lawsuits for Negligence and Medication Error

A patient who is injured by a medication error may be able to file a medical malpractice suit. However, not all medical errors or complications are eligible for legal action. To be considered a malpractice claim, the plaintiff must prove that negligence was directly responsible for the injury. The plaintiff must show that negligence caused the injury.

Duty to Care: Healthcare providers are required to provide care in a manner that would be expected of a doctor in similar situations. This duty applies to all healthcare professionals, physicians included. It acts as a contractual relationship between patient and doctor. When prescribing medication, the healthcare provider is responsible for being aware of any allergies or other medications the patient may be taking.

Breach Of Duty: If a healthcare provider fails or is not able to provide the necessary standard of care, it can lead to further injury or illness. They could be held liable. If a healthcare provider (such as a pharmacist or doctor) fails to ask about the patient’s medical history or allergies or take any other prescriptions into consideration, they could be held responsible for any damage.

Cause: The injury must be directly attributable to the negligence of a medical professional. Malpractice does not include prescribing or filling the wrong medications.

Damages: An injury must have caused economic or emotional harm. Medical bills and lost wages are examples of economic damages. Long-term physical injuries can result in non-economic damages for pain and suffering.
You may be eligible for compensation if you or your loved one have been hurt by a medication error.

Contact Our Nationwide Medication Error Attorneys Today

Drug mix-ups and medication mistakes have become more common in recent years. As the baby boomer generation nears retirement age, a growing number of people are turning to pharmaceuticals to treat medical conditions, extend their lifespan, and improve their quality of life. Unfortunately, this has led to an increase in medication errors.

If you or a loved one has been injured due a doctor or pharmacist’s medication-related negligence, don’t wait to seek help.