Medication mistakes are extremely common throughout various types of healthcare facilities. Specifically, these mistakes occur frequently in larger healthcare facilities like hospitals because of the large number of patients and the large staffs involved in the process of retrieving medications, prepared them, and administering them to patients.
Over 1.5 million Americans are injured annually by medication mistakes in hospitals and doctor's offices. At least 25 percent of these errors are considered to be preventable.
Error occur because medication orders can easily be mismanaged and improperly administered, a patient's records may be unclear, and multiple drugs may interact with each other in undesirable ways. Mistakes in prescribing or administering drugs can lead to serious injuries including permanent disabilities or even wrongful death.
Contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you have suffered injuries or disabilities due to mistakes made when prescribing or administering medications in Brevard County, including the cities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, or West Melbourne. James Coulter also represents clients in medical malpractice cases throughout the surrounding areas in Orange County, Seminole County, Indian River County, or Osceola County.
James B. Coulter will fight to recover the most damages available to you. Your first consultation is free. Call (321) 586-9944 today to schedule yours or fill out the online form.
If you have ever changed physicians during your lifetime, your new physician may not be knowledgeable about your complete medical history. Furthermore, you may be one of the many individuals who visits different doctors with different specialties. Your complete and open communication with these new medical professional is vital to filling in these knowledge gaps.
In order to help these medical professionals to maintain an accurate record of your medical history and medications, keep comprehensive, organized records and keep these records updated every time information changes. It is unwise to rely on your physician to seek more information from you; be proactive about protecting yourself from a prescription error.
Some of the most important information you should give to your doctor includes the following:
Immediately consult your physician or health professional if you experience adverse side effects from your medications.
Most pharmacies in Brevard County, FL, are large facilities with access to a medical professional to ask important questions and address concerns. However, if the company does not make your pharmacist available to you, consider finding a different pharmacy. It is important to review your prescription before ingesting it. Note any differences in the name or appearance of your medication in comparison to your actual prescription.
Keeping a photograph of the medication prescribed to you and comparing it with the medication provided to you by a pharmacist may also be helpful.
If your loved one is in hospital care, it may be more difficult to monitor their medications. However, any supervision you can provide may make a difference. Notifying doctors and nurses to your family member’s allergies, medical conditions or other important information can be helpful to health care professionals.
The area hospitals, clinics and medical facilities in Brevard County, Florida include the following:
If your injuries were caused by the improper prescription or administration of medication or other forms of medical malpractice at these hospitals in Brevard County, FL, then give us a call to discuss your case.
Florida’s Statute on Medical Malpractice- Search the website of the Florida Senate this site to find the statutes on medical malpractice and related matters. This Chapter of the Florida Code addresses issues such as medical negligence, bad faith actions, and liability of health care facilities.
If you were injured due to a medication mistake in a hospital or medical facility in Brevard County hospital, or in a neighboring area, schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter. Call (321) 586-9944 to set up a free consultation.
This article was last updated on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.