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Medical malpractice encompasses medication errors as well

According to one source, an estimated 48,000 to 98,000 patients die each year due to medical errors. That report was published quite a few years ago under a title that suggested that human nature lends itself to mistakes. Unfortunately, any Arizona patient could become a victim of medical malpractice, including suffering serious health complications from medication errors.

Recently, one healthcare representative spoke about measures patients can take to avoid mistakes relating to medication errors. There were several suggestions that could enable providers to avoid complications caused by adverse health conditions or other risk factors. The first point that was noted was for patients to keep a detailed record of all prescription medications along with vitamins and over-the-counter remedies. Having a detailed list that can be shared with medical providers can ensure that dosage amounts and types of medications are appropriate for a particular patient.

It was suggested that the list is also shared with another trusted individual and that it is updated yearly. In addition, any adverse reactions should be discussed with a physician or pharmacist. Furthermore, patients should feel free to question why the medication is being prescribed and how it should be taken. Having clearly written instructions and labels can also prevent overdose errors. Lastly, patients are advised to schedule a yearly consultation with their pharmacist to review all medications, including vitamins and other supplements.

It may be impossible to prevent every error, though careful vigilance by both patient and a trusted representative can help minimize the risks a patient can face. In the event an Arizona resident has suffered harm due to medical malpractice -- whether due to negligence or other errors -- he or she likely sustained monetary damages as well. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide information on how to file a valid claim in order to recoup those losses that were directly caused by the alleged malpractice.

Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Delray hospital's pharmacist talks ways to avoid medication errors", Mort Mazor, Jan. 23, 2018

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