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Medication errors can do great harm to nursing home residents

Many families in the Houston area have a loved one who is residing in a nursing home or will have to place a loved one in a nursing home at some point in their life. Placing a loved one in a nursing home when they are no longer able to take care of themselves is a hard decision for any family. Families spend a lot of time researching these care facilities to try and make sure they choose the best one. But even in the best nursing home, a fatal medication error can occur.

Most nursing home residents take at least one kind of medication. The nursing home staff must distribute these medications in an accurate manner every day. A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society says that up to 27 percent of nursing home residents are the victims of a medication error. Up to 75 percent of nursing home residents were prescribed inappropriate medication. Although the study found that these medication errors may not have had a big impact on residents, the results may not be clear because of reporting practices.

All medication errors have the potential to be serious. A medication error can cause a person to have serious side effects with life-long consequences or an error can even kill them. If a family believes their loved one suffered an unexpected injury because of a medication error they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney has the experience needed to help these families find out what happened and get them the answers they deserve. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is a hard decision for any family to make. When that loved one is affected by a medication error while under the care of the nursing home, it can be a very sad situation for everyone. It is important to hold these medical professionals accountable for their error so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source: sciencedaily.com, "What impact do medication errors have on nursing home residents?", Nov. 21, 2016

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