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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

The 5 Rights: A Nurse’s Guide to Avoiding Texas Hospital Pharmacy Errors

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Medication errors in Texas hospitals are possibly the most terrifying of drug mistakes.  Patients entrust their lives to medical professionals when they undergo surgery, recuperate from accidents, or even have a routine checkup.  Unfortunately, most people will automatically trust these people, taking any medication they are handed or bracing for the sting of a shock—all hoping that the nurses and doctors know what they are doing.
Nurses have a particularly tough responsibility: they must administer regular medications to many different admitted patients.  Since it would be fairly easy to confuse one patient’s drugs with another, nurses are taught to double-check every dose with a system known as The Five Rights.
These five steps should be taken before any medication is administered:
  • Right patient. The patient’s identity has to be confirmed, in more than one way, such as asking his name, checking his ID bracelet for his birth date, and confirming the room number on the chart.
  • Right drug. Nurses must confirm the name of the drug and its intended use before medicating each patient.
  • Right dose. Nurses have to check the dosage instructions three times: when drawing or pouring, with another nurse, and before administering.
  • Right time. Even if the medication and dosage are correct, the medication may have an adverse effect at the wrong time of day, such as before the patient has eaten or a certain length of time after a procedure.
  • Right route. Hospital drugs can be administered several different ways, including inhalants, injections, IV and tablets. Nurses have to check the route of each and make sure all oral doses have been safely swallowed before leaving a patient’s room.
As experienced Texas pharmacy attorneys, we know that nurses never intend to harm anyone.  However, due to the high-risk hospital environment, it is never wrong for you to ask questions about your care—or to seek compensation when you have been injured by a hospital’s mistake.
If you or someone you love was injured as a result of a Houston drug error, we can help you receive compensation with the advice in our FREE book, “How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.”  If you wish to speak to a board-certified Houston drug error attorney, call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 today for a free consultation.