Medication Errors in Hospitals, Nurses Often Give Fatal Overdose

Medication Error - a preventable event that leads to inappropriate medication use or patient harm including including mis-prescribing; wrong order communication; wrong dosage; mis-labeling, improper packaging, etc.

It is the responsibility of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals to take steps to ensure that their patients are given the correct medication at the correct dose and that patients fully understand their drug regimens. Safety measures must be in place to minimize opportunities for medication mistakes to occur.

Often times medical professionals and healthcare facilities fail to create safeguards and procedures to protect against medication errors and, unfortunately, these mistakes result in great harm and loss of life.  And overworked, poorly trained nurses are frequently the ones making the medication errors.

According to a report issued by the Institute of Medicine, medication errors (wrong medication, wrong dosage, and wrong administration) are among the most common medical mistakes, harming at least 1.5 million people every year. Another study indicates that 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries occur each year in hospitals across the country. While over 800,000 medication errors occur in long-term care facilities.

Source: National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention
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