Medical negligence or a medication error is made when it is administered differently than the doctor’s order or the manufacturer’s instructions, or when it falls below accepted professional standards for the medication.
This can have devastating consequences for already-vulnerable victims. Failing to provide care for medical conditions, treatments, or otherwise provide adequate medical care can leave nursing home residents ill and suffering – and their caregivers liable.
Negligent Medication Errors
According to a study by the Medication Error Quality Initiative, the most common medication errors include the following:
- Expired medications
- Too much medication
- Too little or skipping a dose of medication
- Using an incorrect med administration technique
- Giving the medication at the wrong time or at the wrong rate
- Giving the wrong form of the medication, the wrong strength or the wrong medication altogether
- Failing to monitor the resident after giving the medication
- Incorrect documentation in the nursing home chart
- No fluids or foods provided when administering the prescription drug
- Medication not shaken or mixed per directions
Nursing home administrators and staff have a legal responsibility to provide safe, secure accommodations and services that promote the well-being of all residents. While we expect nursing homes to provide this type of environment, many fail to meet this expectation.
If you are concerned that your elderly loved one is the victim of medical negligence, ask questions. Nursing home neglect and abuse is far too common and shouldn’t be tip-toed around. In order to effect change in how these facilities operate, we need to hold them accountable for their negligent practices. If you feel that your loved one was mistreated while living in a nursing home, call or message us today.