Medication errors in nursing homes are medical errors, and they are common enough that the medical field has set an error rate.
According to the Nursing Home Abuse Guide website, nursing home facilities must have medication error rates that are below five percent.
Medication errors are inaccuracies made during medication preparation or administration. Errors either fail to follow a doctor's order, pharmaceutical manufacturing instructions or the medical field’s accepted standards for the particular medicine's use.
Typically, a nurse or nurse staff member will administer medication through a med pass, which means pushing a cart from resident to resident to dispense the medication. Depending on the state’s requirements, an unlicensed nursing staff member may be able to dispense medication under a nurse's general supervision. However, some states have stricter regulations, and nurses must directly dispense the medication.
The following examples are the ways that administering medication can result in error:
Of course, more obvious medication errors would involve dispensing the wrong medication, giving the wrong dosage or failing to administer the medication to the patient at all.
If your loved one was harmed due to a medication error, we hope this information helps you to recognize it and get in touch with us.
Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP has extensive experience handling forms of medical malpractice such as medication errors in nursing homes. By discussing your situation in a free consultation, you can find out about the prospects of pursuing legal action.