Posted on March 23, 2013

Move-in day at a Kentucky nursing home can be chaotic. You are trying to settle your parent in and make sure that his belongings are set up and that your parent is comfortable. However, while you tend to this important task of settling your parent in, it is also important to make sure that your parent doesn’t suffer a serious medication error.

In December 2011, the results of a study were published in the American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy. The study found that 11% of medication errors in nursing homes occurred during the transition into the nursing home. Additionally, the study found that the medication errors that were made during transitions had a higher risk of causing the patient harm than medication errors made at other times.

5 Reasons Medication Errors May Be a Risk During Transitions

The study found that medication errors may be made when a patient first moves into a nursing home because of:

  1. Staff communication problems.
  2. Order transcription mistakes.
  3. Unavailability of the medication.
  4. Problems at the pharmacy.
  5. Name confusion.

Accordingly, it is important for you and for nursing home staff members to be vigilant about making sure that your parent gets the proper medication on move-in day.

Has Your Loved One Been Injured in a Nursing Home?

If you believe your loved one is being subjected to nursing home abuse you need to speak with an experienced Kentucky nursing home neglect attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law
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