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What are some common sources of medication errors?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

When it comes to healthcare, there are many ways that doctors who prescribe pills or other forms of medicine can make mistakes. Negligence and confusion can lead to serious health risks for people who take medicine.

Learning about how these errors happen can help you make a choice about what to do after you suffer from medical malpractice.

Confusion while talking

According to the National Library of Medicine, when their work environment is chaotic, a doctor may not be able to write down the proper information you need to use your medication effectively. This includes writing down the correct dosage and the way to take the medicine you need.

When a doctor gives incorrect instructions to a patient, it can cause serious confusion and continued health problems. The doctor’s handwriting can also be unreadable or easily misunderstood, which can lead to the wrong prescription getting filled.

Insufficient information

When a doctor is rushing to meet with the next patient, you may not get full and complete instructions about how you use the specific medicine you should take. They may only casually mention what you need to do as they walk out the door.

Since people take some medicines orally and others in different ways, this can create confusion if your doctor only gives you limited information.

Reliance on unhelpful instructions

If you lack written instructions or your doctor does not know that this new medication can interact poorly with your other ones, then there is more risk for danger. Mistakes may not get caught by staff if they are under pressure as well, which can contribute to medical malpractice.