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Preventing medication errors in hospitals

Medication is important to many Americans. In fact, many people rely on medication in order to keep serious conditions under control. While many people take medication on daily basis at home, other people are given medication in a hospital setting. In either scenario, medication errors can occur. These errors can cause serious and even deadly issues for the patients.

Thankfully, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are things that can be implemented to help prevent these serious medication errors. When medication is being prescribed, for example, computer systems can be used to help make sure the right medication and dosage is being used. Doctors are also urged to be conservative when prescribing medication in the first place.

A computer system can also be used when medication is transmitted to the pharmacy. By using a computer, handwriting errors can be eliminated. This way the pharmacy knows exactly what medication needs to be distributed.

In the pharmacy, the distribution of medication should be overseen by a clinic pharmacist. Special care should be taken to make sure medication with similar names or appearances are not confused by pharmacy staff.

Finally, steps should be taken to make sure that medication is properly administered to patients in hospitals. The use of bar codes, and infusion pumps can help to minimize errors when drugs are administered. Fewer interruptions for nursing staff, and patient education, can also help to reduce these errors.

Medication errors are just one type of hospital negligence that can effect patients. When people are injured by negligent hospitals or doctors, people should understand their legal rights. In some circumstances, people may have the right to compensation for their injuries. An attorney may be of help to explain and enforce these rights.

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