The next day, your legs and ankles have swollen to twice their size. After an ambulance ride back to the hospital, you are told that the doctor mistakenly gave you too much medicine in your injection.
Now you have to stay in the hospital until the medication leaves your system, suffering a condition worse than the one you were being treated for.
Learn more about your prescription error case: Order our FREE book! How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.If this story sounds familiar, it's because dosage errors account for nearly one-third of all medication mistakes nationwide-and can result in overdose, liver toxicity, or even wrongful death.
Here are just a few ways wrong dosages have caused patient injury:
- Math errors. Many dosage mistakes are a result of a misplaced decimal point. For example, an infant suffered a medication overdose when the administering nurse accidentally gave the baby 10 times the intended amount.
- Protocol problems. Hospitals have failsafe measures in place to make sure these types of errors are caught and corrected before any harm is done. Unfortunately, physicians in a rush may skip over these practices, thinking they are a waste of time.
- Medication changes. In many cases, doctors grab medications based on what they look like: a purple cap, or an IV bag with a green label. But when pharmaceutical companies change their packaging or make a dosage stronger, doctors often assume the contents are the same as before.
- Overworked staff. Many pharmacies will only employ one experienced pharmacist for every four or five techs. While pharmacy techs are qualified to fill orders, they often work longer hours due to understaffing, leading to fatigue and concentration problems that result in dosage errors.
If someone you love has been the victim of a dosage error, call Kennedy Hodges at 888-526-7616 today for a free consultation.