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Medication Errors

A medication error occurs with a preventable event that causes or results in the inappropriate use of medication or patient harm, while the medication is in the control of a health professional or patient. The error can be related to procedures or practice, such as prescribing, dispensing, or administration of the medication. The error generally becomes actionable when the mistake results in a personal injury.

A study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health concluded that more than 43 million people worldwide are harmed each year by unsafe medical care. One of the most common reasons for the associated personal injury was found to be medication errors. Another study conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of National Academies also found that more than 7,000 deaths a year are attributed to medication errors and negligence. Boston personal injury lawyers, including those at Mass Injury Firm, P.C., have paid personal attention to the studies. The most common medication error, we find, is mistake caused by medical abbreviations. This type of mistake is particularly prone to cause personal injury becuase it is completely arbitrary.

Certain abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations have been found to be frequently misinterpreted, leading to medication error that results in a patient's personal injury. The errors occur in medical communication, such as: prescriptions, medication labels, administration records, computer order entry screens, and commercial packaging. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices launched a national campaign in 2006 aimed at reducing medication error resulting from confusing and mistake-prone medication abbreviations.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, harm, or wrongful death as the result of medication error, don't try and deal with it yourself. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer or wrongful death attorney who can help you get the justice you deserve. Call us today for your free case assessement.

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