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Cardiovascular drugs lead amongst medication errors

Nowadays, there is a plethora of treatment options to care for a variety of medical conditions. In many cases, medication is a part of a patient's course of treatment. While these drugs can work like a miracle, reducing symptoms and even wholly curing some ailments, they can prove harmful or even deadly when improperly prescribed or administered.

A recent study looked at medication errors, finding that approximately 25 percent of medication errors were associated with drugs used to treat cardiovascular conditions. This is about six percent higher than errors caused by the second highest error-prone medication: antimicrobials. According to the study, the errors associated with cardiovascular drugs most commonly occurred in surgical and intensive care units. However, this study did not count errors that were reported by physicians and pharmacists. Instead, the study focused on hospital incident reporting forms.

The researchers concluded that nurses play a major role to preventing medication errors. Therefore, the study claimed that these nurses need supportive work environments and continuing education to avoid such errors from occurring. Additionally, researchers recommended that hospitals train nurses to effectively report medication errors so that practices related to medication prescription and administration can be tailored to address current problems.

Victims of medication errors, whether they be in the form of the wrong medication being administered, not enough medicine being prescribed or an overdose, can suffer significant harm. They may be left with physical and emotional pain and suffering, and their medical bills and lost wages may accumulate beyond a point a victim can afford. In these instances, it may prove beneficial to consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. After all, a successful claim may bring a victim the compensation he or she needs to allow him or her to focus on his or her recovery while at the same time establishing peace of mind and a sense of justice.

Source: Cardiovascular Business, "Medication errors more common with cardiovascular drugs than other drug classes," Tim Casey, Jan. 27, 2017

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