Doctors, nurses and pharmacists are some of the most highly educated people in Hawaii. As medical professionals who’ve undergone significant training, they are expected to understand medications, including dosages and interactions. When it comes to real-life applications, however, medication errors are alarmingly common.
It’s suspected that nationwide, medication errors occur more than 7 million times per year, resulting in perhaps as many as 7,000 deaths. The most common errors involve:
The consequences of any type of medication error can be grave. When a medical provider gives a patient the wrong medication, it can lead to unwanted side effects. It can also lead to interactions with other drugs the patient takes. Administering the wrong medication or too little of the right medication also means the patient isn’t getting the treatment they have been prescribed, causing unnecessary suffering or even allowing the patient’s condition to deteriorate.
Overdose is one of the most serious consequences of medication errors. Errors in prescription, transcription, dispensing or administration can all lead to a patient receiving too much of the right medication. At high dosages, even some of the most helpful medications become dangerous.
At Shim & Chang, we represent victims of medication errors and other forms of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or illness due to the mistake of a medical professional in the Honolulu area, contact us online or call us at 808-524-5803 to schedule a free consultation.
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