Medication Mistakes

Medication Mistakes are commonplace in the industry, and regulated by state inspectors. They dictate all nursing home and elder care facilities to have a medication error rate below 5 percent- and any errors that do occur must not cause severe harm to the patient. Medication errors are defined as any mistake made during administration or preparation of medicine that goes against doctor’s orders, label instructions, or industry standards.

Examples of common Medication Errors are as follows:

Undermedication Errors:

– Crushing or slicing medications that shouldn’t be split.
– Inadequate fluids with medications
– Inadequate food or antacids with medications
– Failure to properly mix, shake, or roll medications
– Improper administration of meds to be used with ENF’s (enteral nutritional formulas)
– Improper eye drop administration
– Improper use of MDIs (metered dose inhalers)
– Allowing patient to swallow sublingual tablets

Negligent Medication Errors:

– Dose omission or underdose
– Overdose or multiple doses
– Expired medications
– incorrect medical product, strength of product, or dose of product
– incorrect time, rate, or duration of administration
– Incorrect administration technique
– Incorrect patient documentation
– Incorrect monitoring error following medication
– Lab work error
– Outdated or Expired medication orders
– Nurse or staff follows incorrect “med pass” route

Medication Malpractice by Nursing Staff:

– Ignoring medication orders
– Poor medication management
– Borrowing of medications
– Diversion of medications
– Crushing or slicing meds that should not be split, inadequate fluids given with medication
– inadequate foods or antacids given with medications
– Failure to properly mix, shake, or roll medications
– Improper administration of meds to be used with ENF’s (enteral nutritional formulas)
– Improper eye drop administration
– Improper use of MDIs (metered dose inhalers)
– Allowing patient to swallow sublingual tablets

Medication errors which proximately cause injuries to you or your loved ones are compensable in the state of Ohio for the damages they cause. If you believe that you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, negligence, or malpractice of any kind, please contact us as soon as possible.