Medication Errors in Hospitals: Where New Jersey Ranks
Medication errors are some of the most commonly committed mistakes in the ER. They can also be the most deadly. Whether a patient gets the wrong type of medication or the wrong amount at the wrong time, patients in New Jersey hospitals may be more vulnerable than they realize to these oversights.
According to a new study from the Leapfrog Group measuring hospital performance, there are over 3.8 million cases of medication errors in hospitals throughout the United States each year. In New Jersey, a little more than 50 percent of hospitals have been utilizing the Computer Physician Order Entry tool in an effort to mitigate errors.
When it comes to the safety of the patient population over 50 percent might not cut it. Even with these new measures, there are still thousands of mistakes made every year in New Jersey hospitals regarding the administration of patients’ medications. A simple switching of a chart, lack of communication between charge nurses or a data entry mix-up can result in serious health consequences, and even death, for you or a loved one.
If you or someone you care about has fallen victim to one a medication mistake and have suffered significant damage as a result, contact an experienced attorney immediately.
Each patient has their own unique medical history and reacts to medication differently. Although there may not have been any malicious intent, a foolish mistake could have irreversible consequences, such as heart failure, internal bleeding and a host of other potentially deadly problems. Until each and every New Jersey hospital enacts a standardized set of safeguards, patients continue to be vulnerable to these kinds of mistakes. You and your family shouldn’t have to suffer for the rest of your lives because your doctor or nurse made an error listening or communicating.
Don’t let a negligent medical mistake ruin your life. The attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi possess years of successful experience helping clients pursue maximum damages in medical malpractice claims. Call our qualified attorneys today for a free consultation and to learn how we can pursue justice for you and your family.