Medical patients and those in different types of long-term care facilities assume that the care they are receiving meets appropriate standards. Long-term care residents are often unable to care for themselves or understand their own medical needs, which is why medication errors in these situations can be detrimental. Mistakes in dosage or types of medicine can lead to adverse health effects that may have a long-term impact.
The right system can prevent problems
In long-term care facilities, there are often multiple people involved in the care of a resident. For medication, the pharmacist plays a critical and perhaps the most important role. Reducing or eliminating problems with medication requires practical systems that ensure the best possible care and the most effective treatment for medical issues. Common medication errors in these facilities include:
- Delay in delivery of medication to the patient
- Error in the dosage given
- Prescription of the incorrect drug
- Giving medication to the wrong patient
Residents in long-term care facilities rely on pharmacists, doctors, nurses and others involved with their care to provide them appropriate and effective services. Failure to do this could be a form of medical malpractice.
What can victims do?
Those who are suffering as a result of any type of medical malpractice have legal options available to them. Whether a victim is suffering because of a prescription error or other type of medical mistake, that individual may pursue recompense through a civil claim. Victims and loved ones may find it helpful to seek an understanding of their legal options by speaking with an experienced Delaware medical malpractice attorney.