Medication errors are among the most common causes of patient injury in South Carolina and across the country. Even though medical professionals know that this type of error can cause serious harms to patients, medication errors continue to happen in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Some experts believe that by educating doctors and other health care workers, a decrease in the number of errors is possible. A major part of this education lies in understanding which errors are the most common.
In a report published by a consulting firm, the most common error is rooted in confusion. According to statistics, as many as 25 percent of all medication errors are the result of a health care worker confusing two drugs with names that sound or look similar. It is suggested that patients can help prevent such an error from happening to them by checking the drugs they are given against their doctor’s orders or their prescription.
The second most common error involves drug interaction. This error occurs when patients are given two or more drugs, and one drug amplifies the effects of another drug. Similarly, two drugs with similar side effects can also increase the chance and impact of that side effect, resulting in potential harm to patients.
If you believe you or someone you love suffered harm due to medication errors, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice suit under South Carolina law. Doing so is often a complex undertaking, making tthe assistance of an experienced attorneybeneficial in most cases. With the help of someone who understands not only the legal process but who also has access to a network of medical professionals to assist in proving negligence, you may be able to recover much-needed compensation.