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There are 1 million medication errors every year

Posted By Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Sep 08, 2013 in Medical Malpractice

Connecticut residents may be interested to learn about the serious problem of medication errors. Every year, there are around 1 million doctor errors that lead to mistakes with patient medication. Whether patients receive the wrong dosage of their medication or are given the wrong medication altogether, an unknown number of medical complications and around 7,000 deaths occur each year, giving medical professionals a strong motivation to deal with the problem.

Because a simple typing mistake can easily lead to a decimal error, it is easy for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to mistakenly give patients the wrong dosage of their medication. To deal with this problem, many hospitals have implemented an error-checking program known as computerized physician order entry, or CPOE. By analyzing relevant patient information, the computer program can automatically check the appropriateness of a prescription and look for possible errors.

Research has found that when hospitals employ CPOE, medication errors drop by as much 85 percent. Despite the benefits of adopting CPOE, however, a surprisingly low number of hospitals use it. It's also believed that the hospitals that do implement the program do so inadequately. Although there are government programs that will pay hospitals to install CPOE, there is no requirement for hospitals to test or monitor the program's safety.

If someone is injured after being given the wrong medication by a medical professional, they may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer with experience in medical malpractice situations may seek compensation for the extra medical expenses that have resulted from the injury as well as pain and suffering. Experienced medical malpractice lawyers can help to review the merits of your claim and if applicable to your situation, provide advice on the next steps in the process to filing a damages lawsuit.