NJ Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer – Medication Errors
Administering medication to nursing home and assisted living facility residents is one of the most important daily tasks that NJ nurses perform. Care and attention are necessary to ensure that administering medication is done without mistake.
Providing The Right Medication – It’s Their Job
Nurses, pharmacists facility administrators, doctors and nursing assistants all play an important role in ensuring that residents receive medications tailored to their individual needs. Because each nursing home resident typically requires multiple medications, medication errors could lead to serious injury or even wrongful death. Staff at all levels of the nursing home and/or assisted living facility must do their jobs correctly for the resident to receive the correct medication in the right dosage at the right time.
Common Medication Mistakes:
- Overmedication — Intentionally overmedicating patients who are unpleasant to care for or otherwise difficult is AGAINST THE LAW. These include the overuse of sedation, anti-anxiety and anti-depressants and other psychotropic drugs so that patients are “easier to handle.” Side effects of overmedication could limit the resident’s ability to walk, go to the bathroom independently and eat and digest food. This can further increase the risk of falls, contribute to pressure ulcers and cause organ damage such as kidney and renal failure.
- Failure to check for drug interactions — Not all medications can be taken together at the same time. Nursing home and assisted facility residents may be taking multiple medications prescribed by several physicians. Failure to check for interactions among them can be deadly.
- Wrong medication — Did your father, mother or loved one get medications meant for someone else? Receiving the wrong medication could be detrimental to a resident’s health and could lead to wrongful death.
Sugarman Law Defends You and Your Loved Ones – Watch and Check for Signs of Medication Error
Have you noticed your loved one’s behavior changed? Has he or she grown tired and confused or experienced other physical symptoms? It’s possible that your loved one may be suffering from medication-related abuse. Ask the nursing home/assisted living facility staff to see what medications are being given to your family member, friend or loved one. If you suspect that he or she has been wrongly medicated, contact Sugarman Law immediately so we can help put an end to the negligence and obtain compensation for related injuries and/or wrongful death.
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Nursing home and assisted living facility medication errors are extremely common, yet widely underreported. Any resident suffering from injury caused by medication errors has a right to seek compensation for their losses.
Has your mother, father, family member or friend been injured by medication-related abuse? Please fill out the contact form or call Barry Sugarman and the nursing home litigation team at Sugarman Law at 732-877-1975. Sugarman Law obtains compensation for those who suffer injuries and death from nursing home and assisted living facility neglect and abuse.
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