When properly prescribed and administered, medications improve the quality and longevity of peoples’ lives and treat many medical conditions that would otherwise prove detrimental to their well-being. Failure to administer nursing home patients with the proper medications or doses can be equally harmful and cause severe, if not deadly complications. Statistics show that there are as many as 800,000 reports of adverse effects from medications in long term care facilities each year and almost 100,000 people die from complications associated with these events. The Chicago Injury Center is committed to defending the rights of the elderly throughout Illinois and it is our mission to hold homes and care facilities accountable for preventable errors that may harm your loved ones.
Causes of Medication Errors At Skilled Nursing Facilities
Understaffing is a growing concern in the nursing care industry because it diminishes the ability of staff members to perform their duties to the best of their ability. Doctors and nursing staff are often pressed for time and fail to take the due diligence required when prescribing or administering medications and there can be severe consequences for patients as a result. Common causes of medication errors include the following.
- Failure by the doctor to collect and review the patient’s medical history— including allergies to medications and the medications the patient is currently taking.
- Prescribing medication that reacts adversely with medications that the patient is already taking.
- Improper administration of medication, such as giving the wrong dosage or not following instructions provided on how to administer the medicine.
- Failure to promptly notice or address severe side effects or symptoms of drug interactions or allergies.
Symptoms of Medication Errors In Patients
If your loved one is showing signs of medication errors, it is important that he or she receives immediate medical attention in order to identify and treat the problem. Failure by the staff to promptly treat these symptoms may hold the staff and facility further liable for injuries or complications that result.
- Sudden change in behavior or mood.
- Loss of hearing, vision or cognitive function.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat.
The Chicago Injury Center’s dedicated team of nursing home injury attorneys believes that the only way to combat the diminishing quality of care our elderly receive at facilities operated by for-profit companies is to hold those companies responsible when their choice to favor profits over care causes undue harm to the people we love. If your loved one was injured because of medication error, contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers. Our offices are located throughout Illinois and we will travel to you if it is not possible for you to reach us.
We will evaluate the details of your case and let you know more about your legal options without any risk or obligation to you. We will never demand compensation unless we are able to collect on your behalf.