You have to go into the hospital for a routine procedure. Even though you’ve been assured that everything will be fine, you cannot help but be nervous that something might go wrong. However, what you might not realize is that you are less likely to suffer a surgical error than a medication mistake during recovery.
Here are a few things you can do to prevent a medication mistake at Norton’s hospital in KY:
- Talk about mixing medications. Many patients incorrectly assume that their doctors are already aware of the daily medications they are taking. Some even continue their regular medication regimen while they are in the hospital, thinking the doctor would have mentioned any potential side effects. If you are admitted to the hospital, you must always communicate which medications you take every day and the dosage of each one.
- Ask questions. Don’t stay silent when you are given a dose of medication. Always ask the nurse what drug she is giving you, what it does, how much you are taking, and how often you will need it. Patients confirming their medications with staff just before administration have discovered many errors.
- Double-check doses. Nurses are supposed to compare the name on the prescription with your ID bracelet before giving you any medications. Make sure this step is not skipped.
- Choose a family member to help. If you are having a surgical procedure, appoint a responsible family member to keep track of all the medications you receive and to ask questions on your behalf.
If you suffered a medication error while under hospital care, the Louisville medical malpractice attorneys at Gray and White can help. Call us today at (800) 634-8767, or fill out the contact form on the top of this page to get started on your FREE, one-on-one consultation.