Medication Errors in Nursing Homes
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Pintas & Mullins Law Firm handles nursing home abuse cases for clients nationwide. We travel to meet clients who have been harmed through negligence such as medication errors. Among the most common signs of nursing home neglect or abuse are errors related to medication administration.
Examples of medication errors include:
- Crushing / slicing medication that should not be crushed
- Not providing necessary fluids alongside medication
- Not providing food alongside the medication
- Not shaking, mixing, or “rolling” medication as needed
- Incorrect medication dose, giving too little or too much of a medication
- Giving expired medication to a patient
- Incorrect time, duration, or rate of administration
- Not properly monitoring the patient after administration
- Prescribing medications unnecessarily, to subdue or control a resident. This is referred to as chemical restraint
All of the above can have serious consequences. If you suspect that your loved one has suffered a medication error—or any other form of nursing home abuse or neglect—do not hesitate to get legal help. We handle nursing home cases nationwide.
Overmedication of Elderly Patients
One of the most insidious yet widespread problems residents face is wrongful or overmedication. There has been a rise in excessively medicating residents or giving them medications they were not prescribed in an attempt to sedate them. This is most common in understaffed facilities, where employees do not have the time or resources to care for “unruly,” or “difficult” residents. Instead of giving patients the attention that they deserve, overworked staff attempt to control them by drugging them into a state of submission. When chemical restraint occurs, the effects are not only dangerous, they can be permanently debilitating and even fatal.
Warning signs of overmedication or wrongful medication include:
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Unexplained weight gain / loss
- Confusion and memory loss
- Unusual or unexplained physical symptoms
- Reclusiveness or lethargy
Effects of Medication Errors
Medication errors can lead to various health problems in elderly patients, including side effects of confusion and balance loss leading to falls and fractures, delirium, malnutrition, and dehydration. Administering an incorrect medicine can cause adverse drug effects between different medications resulting in serious organ damage, worsening conditions, and even wrongful death.
Call (800) 842-6336 to Schedule a Free Consultation with our Medication Error Attorneys
At Pintas & Mullins, our nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help demand justice on behalf of nursing home abuse victims. If someone you love has been victimized by a medication error, you can trust in our lawyers to fight for their rights. We are attorneys for injured persons and have handled cases in all 50 states. We will even fly to meet with you or your loved one.