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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.

Why Are Dysphagia Patients More Likely to Be Overmedicated in Hospitals?

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law

Many patients who have difficulty swallowing pills are worried that they may not get enough of the medication they have been prescribed. But a recent study says that the opposite is true: patients with dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, are actually more likely to absorb too much medication into their systems.

 

The study, conducted in England, observed eight separate wards in psychiatric hospitals between March and June of 2008. Researchers recorded medicine administration errors (MAEs) in patients with and without dysphagia, including those with enteral tubes. 

 

The study revealed some staggering results:

 

  • Medicine administration errors were 37.3% more common in patients with dysphagia than those without.

 

  • The main cause of MAEs for patients with dysphagia was incorrect preparation of medicines. Oral medications in dysphagia patients often have to be modified from their original pill form in order for patients to swallow them. This can include crushing tablets, opening capsules, or adding a crushed medication to food or drinks. However, if the medication is not formulated for crushing (such as slow-release drugs), the drug will enter the patient’s body much more quickly than intended, causing overdose.

 

  • Nurses were found to be at fault for many of the hospital drug preparation errors. Common blunders included two cases of incorrect tablet breaking, 34 cases of enteral tubes not being flushed before or after administration, causing a buildup of medication in the tube, and 26 cases of crushing two or more different medicines together before administering them.

 

As trusted pharmacy overdose attorneys, we know that victims feel frightened and violated after they have suffered under a hospital’s care. You may feel like you cannot trust anyone anymore, and want to put the whole experience behind you. With our help, you can hold the hospital staff accountable for your medical costs, get the justice you deserve, and prevent someone else from suffering the same mistake in the future.

 

Call Kennedy Hodges today at (888) 526-7616 to start your FREE consultation. If you would like more information, click the link above to receive a FREE copy of our special report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.