Yes. There is a system in place to help reduce medication errors; however, sometimes nurses or doctors administering the medication do not follow hospital policies that help them avoid administering the wrong medication to a patient.
The Five Rights of Medication Administration is the system nurses and doctors administering medication should follow. These five steps include:
- Right patient
- Right time and frequency of administration
- Right dose
- Right route of administration
- Right drug
If a nurse or doctor looked at your wife’s chart and checked the medication she was supposed to get, your wife’s medication mistake may not have taken place. Sometimes medication errors can be corrected, and patients can recover from the medication mistake. But there are times in which wrong medication errors have claimed the lives of innocent patients.
If your wife suffers injuries as a result of the medication error, you need to make sure you and your family are compensated for her hospital bills, doctor bills, nursing bills, medication expenses, lost income, loss of services, and more. You will also want to make sure you hold the negligent person responsible so that the nurse, doctor, and hospital involved are reminded of this important lesson – to ensure health care quality and patient safety – so that this mistake doesn’t happen again.
If you would like to discuss your possible wrong medication lawsuit, please call our caring and experienced medication error lawyers at Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 for a complimentary consultation today. Also, be sure to get a FREE copy of our report How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.