Prescription drugs are a regular part of life for many people in the Allegheny County area. Whether they are used to abate symptoms of illness or injury or as a near cure, prescription medication is a huge part of life for many people. The thing with prescription medication, though is that it must be accurately prescribed. Any error made in the prescription or dosage of medication can result in unnecessary injuries.
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We have all heard the joke that poor handwriting could be an indication that a person could or should be a doctor. Poor handwriting has often been associated with doctors both recently and doctors of the past. When doctors would write a prescription, or medical notes, they often would, and some still do, write physically rather than enter it digitally into a computer. However, computers may be a better option for some doctors as a miscommunication related to their handwriting can result in medical malpractice.
Have you ever read the instructions on a medical prescription? Prescriptions can be prescribed by a doctor for a variety of medical conditions and symptoms. The labels on a prescription bottle can contain information, including dosage and how to take the medication. But, what if a doctor or other medical professional prescribed a drug that caused injury?
Expecting mothers have a lot to think about when it comes to their health and the health of their unborn child. While many pregnancies go off without a hitch, some women really struggle or have complications during this time. However, many pregnancy-related conditions are not only quick to be diagnosed, but are often treated with medication or other treatment plans. However, it has been found that some medications prescribed to expecting mothers can harm the mother and/or the baby.
In years past, patients’ medical records were stored in color-coded paper filing systems and charts. Prescriptions were handed out on a piece of paper, scrawled with the doctor’s often-untidy signature, to be handed to the clerk at the pharmacy counter who would then dispense the drug. These days, however, doctors, hospitals and pharmacies in Pennsylvania have turned to electronic means to keep track of patient records. Everything, from a medical exam to the administration of medications is recorded electronically, and prescriptions are sent to the pharmacy straight from the physician’s computer. While it may seem that upgrades in technology would lead to upgrades in patient care, this is not always the case.
When we go to the doctor or hospital, we as patients expect medical professionals to initiate a treatment plan. For most patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, this often means being prescribed a medication. While medications are available, it is possible that certain ones could result in a patient suffering a worsened condition. In addition, if a doctor makes a medication error and a patient is given the wrong dose or wrong medication, this could mean serious health issues or even death.
Going to the doctor should be at least a yearly event for Pennsylvania residents. Whether it is for your yearly checkup, because you are feeling ill or for ongoing treatment, patients continually visit their medical professionals, whom they rely on and trust. While nurses and doctors are educated and trained to properly treat and care for patients, some mistakes can occur during their encounters with patients. And when it comes to medication errors occurring, nurses are frequently to blame.
Preparing for a surgery is not always easy. Patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are likely concerned about the procedure, what complications a surgeon might encounter during the procedure and how well their recovery will be post operation. While surgeons are the medical professionals that control the procedure, other medical professionals play major roles. And any of these medical professionals could be the cause of a medical mistake occurring during the surgery.
When children fall ill, parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are not only concerned about what is ailing their child, but also whether the recommended course of treatment is right for their child. With regards to infants and toddlers, the concern heightens, fearing that a slight mistake with medication could prove fatal. Although medical professionals are trained and educated on how to properly treat and administer medication to children, medication mistakes unfortunately occur, causing young patients harm and pain.
When residents in Pennsylvania become ill, they rely on medical professionals to diagnose and treat them. In most cases, this often requires prescribing the patient medication. And, while these medications can be effective when used properly, patients could be harmed due to negligence and errors occurring in the prescribing, distribution and administering medications.