Settlement Reached After Medication Error
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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.
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.
Placing a loved one in a nursing home means trusting others to care for the health and well-being of your aging family member. Most nursing home residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have to take medications on a daily basis. Although the number of medications, or the dosage, might change, nursing home employees are trusted to administer these medications correctly and on time.
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.
A study by Danish researchers has found that hormonal contraceptives are linked with an increased risk of depression. The study viewed more than a million women between the ages of 15 and 34 from 2000 to 2013. Users of hormonal contraception had a 40 percent heightened risk of developing depression after six months of using the contraception. Certain pills, such as progestin-only pills or Levonorgestrel IUD posed an even greater risk of depression. Adolescent girls were found to have the greatest risk of developing depression, but this may be due to the fact that young girls are especially susceptible to depression. The researchers say that even though the risk of depression is significantly increased with the use of hormonal contraceptives, most women will not develop depression from using them. However, it is important that women are educated on the depressive risks of hormonal birth control methods and know that there are non-hormonal forms of birth control. To read a summary of the study by Nicholas Bakalar of the New York Times, click here.