Reviewing statistics on medication errors

From wrong-site surgeries to failing to diagnose a serious health problem, medical professionals make many different mistakes. However, errors involving prescription medication are particularly widespread. If you live in San Bernardino, or somewhere else in the state of California, there is a good chance that you take some type of prescription medication. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, almost one out of every three adults in America take at least five medications. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we know the heavy toll that prescription medication errors continue to take on families.

Medical professionals across the country prescribe over 10,000 medications. If you take any prescriptions, the medication may be essential to your health. Unfortunately, the widespread use of prescription medication also leads to a large number of adverse drug events. Every year, almost 100,000 people are hospitalized and 700,000 people are sent to an emergency room as a result of adverse drug events.

Medication errors keep happening for many reasons. Sometimes, these errors are caused by a clinician's negligence or a pharmacist's mistakes. For example, a pharmacist may misread a clinician's writing and give you the wrong medication. Also, your clinician may prescribe an incorrect dose or the wrong medication. If you have suffered because of a medication error, or have experienced another form of medical malpractice, it is crucial to closely consider your options and hold those responsible for your suffering accountable.

If you head over to our page on medical malpractice, you can review more information related to medication errors.

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