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Blood thinner may have caused thousands of nursing home injuries

Blood thinners play an important role in the lives of many people. When properly prescribed and used, blood thinners can help prevent blood clots that can result in heart attacks and strokes. But as we wrote in a previous blog post, if not properly administered, these drugs can also be very dangerous.

Proper precautions can help prevent medication poisonings

Without the correct medications, many people would suffer greatly due to illnesses and conditions. Medications can help ease pain, battle symptoms and get us back on our feet so we can get on with our daily lives. But the same medications that are supposed to help can also do harm if they are incorrectly prescribed or are not taken as directed.

Rush to fill prescriptions can lead to medication errors

We live in a get-it-done-now world. People are very busy and want to have their needs met as quickly as possible. And while some businesses, such as fast food restaurants, may lend themselves well to the quick service model, others may not.

Verdict awards family of child injured by medication error

When an infant is checked into a hospital for care, parents are trusting that their child will receive good care. Doctors must be able to accurately diagnose an infant's symptoms so as to issue safe and effective treatment. In regard to prescribing medication, the doctor must determine which medicine will best help the child. But it is also important that the medication be given to the child in the proper dosage. A medication error involving an infant could lead to tragic results.Recently, a jury in a Colorado court reached a verdict awarding a family $17.8 million based on a lawsuit filed against a children's hospital. According to the family's attorneys, the medical malpractice case involved the assertion that in 2008, the hospital's staff administered an incorrect dosage of medication prior to the child entering surgery. The child was only four days old at the time.The medication, which had been prescribed by doctors, caused the child to go into cardiac arrest while in the surgical arena. As a result, the attorneys wrote that the child suffered a brain injury leading to cerebral palsy. The child is now 7 years of age and the attorneys state she suffers from disabilities and requires care for the remainder of her life.Medication errors can have tragic consequences. Small children can be especially vulnerable to serious injuries because they have no way to clearly communicate they are experiencing side effects.If you believe your child has suffered harm due to a medication error on behalf of a doctor or other medical professional, contacting an Arizona medical malpractice attorney could be your first step toward having the matter properly addressed.

E-prescriptions could help prevent medication errors

Perhaps one of the oldest jokes in medicine involves the poor handwriting skills of many doctors. Doctors are known to dash off illegible prescriptions for their patients to have filled. And while doctors in days gone by may have had no choice but to write out prescriptions, the years have seen technological advances that may make the sloppy script a thing of the past.

Doctors should be sure if a drug is right for a patient

When we are not feeling our best, we may seek relief through the use of prescription drugs. We often have high expectations that such drugs will fix our problems without complications. Perhaps these expectations are created by the many advertisements touting the amazing healing capacities of certain medications currently on the market.

Patients should be told of side effects before using medication

We live in an age of medical miracles. Due to advances in medicine, there are more drugs that can help treat illnesses and conditions than ever before. On the whole this is a very good thing as drugs developed in the labs of pharmaceutical companies have helped alleviate a great deal of human suffering.

What precautions should I take while on blood thinners?

Anticoagulant drugs, or drug thinners, as they are known, are prescribed to help prevent blood clots. Blood clots are dangerous because they can cause strokes or heart attacks. But as beneficial as these drugs may be, they can also pose very serious health threats if they are not taken correctly. 

Parents making medication errors due to confusing instructions

According to the newly released data, every eight minutes a child who is less than 6 years of age falls victim to medication errors committed by adults. A doctor speaking on "CBS This Morning" said that these dosage mistakes could be related to the instructions found on some of the boxes containing the medication.

Opioid prescriptions could lead to medication injuries

When we are in severe pain, relief is at the forefront of our minds. In order to alleviate serious pain, a physician may prescribe painkillers. Currently, painkillers in the form of opioids are being prescribed for such ailments as headaches, abdominal pain and back pain. In the past 20 years, the U.S. has seen a 400 percent increase in the number of opioid prescriptions handed out to patients.

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