Overmedication, also known as polypharmacy, is a common problem among the elderly. It is caused by administering more medication than is necessary.
When residents of nursing homes suffer from several health problems, it increases the number of medications they may need. But it also may increase the risk of serious injuries.
When a resident receives several medications, it can lead to confusion about dosage times and frequency. Failing to administer them at the right time and in the right manner can cause further complications.
For instance, certain medications need to be taken at certain times of the day. Or they may need to be taken with food or water. Failure to follow these instructions could cause serious sickness or injury.
Some medications may need to be stopped if there is the potential for a harmful drug interaction. Determining which medications do not mix is essential. Additionally, it should be considered which medications may be eliminated or replaced with an alternative.
Another problem with overmedication is if the resident’s list of medications is not properly monitored, there may be duplication. This could lead to unnecessary prescriptions.
This is where the nursing home facility and its staff should take measures to ensure the resident is being safely and properly treated when taking more than one medication. If not, they may be held responsible for any resulting injuries due to nursing home negligence and a pharmacy error.
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.