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Medication Errors at Ohio Nursing Homes
Errors in administering medication are far too common in nursing homes throughout Ohio. These types of problems are preventable and should not happen. If your loved one has suffered from this form of nursing home abuse, take action to stop it from happening again. Give us a call at 1-800-297-9191 or send us a Website Message now.
Medication Errors Made By Ohio Nursing Homes
According to a study in the Boston Globe, nearly 1 of every 10 nursing home patients experience a preventable injury caused by the misuse of medication.
Nursing home residents are almost all at the stage of life where the proper administration of their medications is necessary for their life and health. Medication error risks are also often made worse by the fact that nursing homes are often understaffed, increasing the likelihood of mistakes in dosage and frequency of medication administration.
Nursing home medication errors may involve a number of different circumstances, including:
- Lack of proper patient assessment
- Lack of monitoring for medication's efficacy
- Lack of reassessment for continuous need for medication
- Lack of monitoring for adverse drug reactions (ADRs)
- Lack of recognition of ADRs
- Attributing symptoms of ADRs to other causes
- Inadequacies in nursing home staff education or training
- Nursing home employees stealing medication and substituting another in its place (for example, substituting Aspirin for Oxycontin)
- Administering medications late
- Missing a medication and giving double dosage at a later time
- Administering the wrong medication
Adverse drug reactions include over-sedation, confusion, hallucinations, delirium, falls, bleeding, and even death.
If your loved one has had the misfortune of experiencing improper medication in a nursing home, please contact us by calling 1-800-297-9191 or send us a confidential Website Message.
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