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Sleep Deprivation in Pharmacists May Lead to Walgreens Pharmacy Errors

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

There are many factors that can lead to Walgreens pharmacy errors, and lack of sleep has been known to be a factor in medical errors. Just like insufficient sleep has been linked to car accidents, not getting the proper amount of sleep has contributed to medication mistakes. When a pharmacist provides the wrong medication to the wrong patient or fills the wrong drug dosage, lack of sleep may be a factor that contributes to such a pharmacy error.

Insufficient sleep has been associated with the following adverse effects:

  • Reduced job performance
  • Increase in safety risks
  • Difficulty detecting hazards
  • Cognitive problems
  • Mood alterations
  • Physical changes
  • Reduced motivation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Stress
  • Other adverse effects

There is a significant relationship between lack of sleep and medical errors. Not only does lack of sleep jeopardize patient safety, but it can also cause harm to those who don’t get adequate sleep. So, why don’t people get enough sleep to function safely during their days? Many factors could influence a person’s sleep, such as:

  • Night owl
  • Distracted by ceaseless technology
  • Long to-do list
  • Sickness
  • Sleep apnea
  • Taking care of a newborn or sick child throughout the night
  • Shift work

Unfortunately, pharmacists are not immune to any of the aforementioned factors. In fact, there are many Walgreens pharmacies open 24-hours to provide customers with care, and pharmacists in these locations have to work overnight shifts. Shockingly, studies suggest that many people who work at night often fall asleep for brief periods while working these shifts. Because the human body is meant to sleep at night and be awake during the daytime, people who work overnight often suffer from sleep deprivation. And, pharmacists who work at 24-hour Walgreens are no exception.

The Importance of Getting the Proper Amount of Sleep

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40 million Americans do not get adequate sleep. It appears that the average amount of sleep adults get on workdays has decreased over the years from around 9 hours in 1910 to 6.9 hours in 2002. Sadly, many people do not realize the effects of not getting the proper amount of sleep.

There are absolutely NO positive outcomes of a pharmacist not getting proper sleep. In fact, the opposite is likely to occur, and Walgreens pharmacy errors may be the result of sleep deprivation. If you have suffered at the hands of a negligent pharmacist, please contact Kennedy Hodges. Call 888-526-7616 to get your questions answered and learn about pursuing a Walgreens pharmacy lawsuit in a free consultation with experienced pharmacy error attorneys. Additionally, we will provide you with a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors. Request your copy today.