Hospital Mix-Ups and Errors
Medication errors are just as common in hospitals as pharmacies. In 2009, within hours of each other, two Florida women were given the wrong drugs, and one lost her twins, and another gave birth prematurely, causing severe brain damage to the baby.
The women were supposed to have been given progesterone suppositories and be on bed rest according to doctor’s orders. Instead, nurses gave them a powerful drug used to expel miscarriages from the uterus. The twins were stillborn. The other baby was expelled into a toilet after hours of abdominal pain and cramping. Nurses told the five- and-a-half months pregnant woman that she just needed to have a bowel movement. These incidents occurred at St. Mary’s Hospital in Palm Beach Florida in 2009. The hospital has since been sued, but due to silence orders filed on both plaintiffs, the outcome of the case is not known.
How to protect yourself and your loved ones.
You can help protect yourself from medication errors by asking questions.
- What medication is the doctor ordering?
- Why is it being ordered?
- How is it supposed to be administered?
Ask nurses and other providers what medication they are giving you and ask them to double check that they have the right medication. They can be as grumpy and insulted as they want to be - this is your life, your health, or the life and health of your loved one at stake.
Are you a medication mistake victim? You have rights.
If this sort of mix-up happens to you, whether you lose your pregnancy, you are only made a little sick, or the worst happens and you lose a loved one to a hospital medication error, you have rights. These kinds of mistakes are completely preventable, simply by being diligent and following standards of care. You have the right to sue hospitals and pharmacies who cause harm, in order to help protect others from these egregious errors.
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Ten tips to protect your children from pharmacy error. This report includes what every parent should know about their children's medicines.