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Medication Errors Archives

Drug allergies can lead to anaphaylaxis

Some allergic reactions aren't very serious. They might cause some itching and minor swelling. The most serious allergic reaction that can occur is anaphylaxis. This is a condition that can lead to death. Understanding a few points about this reaction is a good idea if you are taking a new medication that you haven't ever had.

Medication errors can occur in various ways

Medication errors are issues that can seriously harm patients. For this reason, medical personnel who handle medications and administer it to patients must ensure that they are doing things properly so that they don't harm patients. There are some medication errors that occur more than others, so patients and medical staff members should know about these so that they can avoid them.

CDC Not "Compelled" to Report Fatal Medical Errors

Most of us go through life with limited medical knowledge, and are therefore forced to trust our doctors to listen to our accounts of our symptoms and treat our various ailments accordingly based on their own knowledge and expertise. Being a good patient means following their instructions, and there's a general assumption that those who do so are likely to feel better and function better in their lives. When that doesn't happen, there's another assumption that the doctor and/or other medical professionals did their best. Only that assumption is untrue more often than most of us are led to believe.

Too Many Distractions Can Lead to Avoidable Medical Errors

Working with patients in a health care setting is among the most important jobs one can have, and it carries some of the biggest responsibilities. Whether the health care worker is a physician, a nurse, or even a pharmacist they are required to pay very close attention to detail. These details are important for seeing that patients are fully evaluated during the diagnostic stage, when medication is dispensed or administered, as well as when treatments are being pursued. Even when these professionals are working under the best conditions staying focused can be a challenge. However, it is not unusual for work conditions to be compromised, and in too many cases it is their patients that pay the price.

Penicillin allergies might not have been properly diagnosed

Many people are told that they are allergic to penicillin based on reactions they had as children. While it is important to stay away from medications that you are actually allergic to, it has come to light that some people who think they have a penicillin allergy aren't actually allergic to the drug.

Cancer patients and medication management risks

New Mexico patients have options when it comes to cancer treatment. Many patients cease to be compliant with their prescription medication instructions, skipping doses or taking the wrong amount. This is often caused by the significant number of medications prescribed to cancer patients for the management of their symptoms. While understandable, the failure to take medications as prescribed can lead to serious side effects or even death.

Pharmacy software has detected millions of drug errors

Medication errors are among the most common medical mistakes made in New Mexico and around the country each year. However, a software program is helping pharmacists identify millions of drug errors before they happen.

Common errors people make with their own medication

Medication errors can cause serious problems to New Mexico residents, and not all errors are the result of a mistake by a medical professional. Often, people make dangerous errors in taking their own medication. However, there are also steps they can take to prevent those mistakes.