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Medication Errors That Can Occur During Transcription

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Watch our video to learn more about medication errors that can occur during transcription.

 

Learn More:

Medication Errors That Can Occur During Prescribing and Writing Orders

How Do Medication Errors Arise? Examples Of Medication Errors

An Overview Of The Prescription Medication Process

 

Video Transcript

Timestamps
0:00 Intro
0:21  Medication Errors That Can Occur During Transcription: Does A Pharmacist Do?
0:58 Medication Errors That Can Occur During Transcription: Transcription Errors
1:29 Medication Errors That Can Occur During Transcription: Prescription Entry Errors

Along the prescription of the medication process, after ordering, and after documenting, that prescription now needs to be appropriately transcribed or interpreted.

0:21 Medication Errors That Can Occur During Transcription: What Does A Pharmacist Do?

In the U.S., typically, the professional whose job it is to interpret and properly transcribe a prescription medication order is a professional known as a pharmacist, and these individuals are trained and indeed credentialed and licensed as practicing pharmacists, and their job is to understand and implement each and every detail of that documented prescription.

0:58 Transcription Errors

If the pharmacist cannot read, that can result in transcription errors. If the pharmacist misinterprets in some way or misunderstands either the manually written or the electronically delivered prescription, we have again, chances for what would basically be called transcription errors.

1:29 Prescription Entry Errors

If the pharmacist is required to re-enter certain kinds of information or data from that prescription into another data set or system, we have the possibility of entry types of errors occurring.

These are examples of how the transcribing process could go wrong in the medication prescription process. But stay with me, we have three more videos to lay out for you the remaining aspects of the medication prescription process.

What are Medication Errors and How Can They Be Avoided?

Medication errors are mistakes that a prudent and reasonable person would not make in similar circumstances. Medical malpractice is when a doctor or nurse does something that another person would not do. This could lead to patient injury. Any mistake in medication that results in the inappropriate treatment of a patient is a medication error.

  • Prescription of the wrong medication
  • Do not prescribe the wrong dosage
  • Failure to verify a patient’s drug history
  • Neglecting potential drug interactions
  • Administration of the wrong medication
  • Administration of medication to the wrong patient
  • Dosage error

Medication errors can happen during manufacturing, labeling, and packaging. The plaintiff, or the San Antonio prescription error attorney, will have to trace the medication error back at its source and determine the identity of the defendant. A trial lawyer may help investigate an alleged medication error.

How to Prove Your Medication Error

The first step in seeking compensation for medication errors is to identify the defendant. The at-fault party or defendant could be the prescribing doctor who made the critical error. The at-fault party could also include the prescribing physician, pharmacist, or manufacturer of the medication. The four elements required by a prescription error lawyer are necessary to prove medical malpractice.

  1. Duty. A doctor-patient relationship that existed at the time of the medication mistake, and a duty to care for this relationship.
  2. Breach. The breach of the duty of care by the defendant. A negligent or reckless act that would not have occurred if reasonable medical care was available.
  3. Causation. A causal connection between the defendant’s negligence, the medication error, and the defendant.
  4. Damages. The specific damages that the patient sustained because of the defendant’s breach of duty include personal injury, medical bills, and other damages.

The defendant responsible for your damages will be the one who is most to blame. An attorney can help you to understand your case and prove that it is medical malpractice.

Most of our physician-attorneys are either current or past treating doctors in, collectively, a wide range of medical specialties. There is a good chance one or more of our physician attorneys have actually treated medical conditions similar to the ones from which you or your loved one now suffers. That translates into care and understanding as your Counselors, and know-how as your Advocates.

Any honest medical malpractice attorney will tell you that one of the greatest expenses in a medical malpractice case is having to pay physician experts to study the details of the medical issues in your case and, if necessary, provide testimony at deposition and trial. While even our physician attorneys may also need to hire outside medical experts for your case, our medical know-how allows us to perform a significant amount of the medical analysis necessary for your case in-house which may translate into significant savings at the conclusion of your case.

Because we have in-house medical know-how, we can evaluate the medical questions in your case and provide answers without a lengthy wait. Our internal process involves getting the issues in your case quickly in front of the right physician attorney who, based on his or her medical experience and training, is most likely to have the answers you seek about whether you have a case and how we might help you get the compensation you deserve to help secure a brighter future for you and for your loved ones.

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