Cancer patients and medication management risks

| Aug 16, 2016 | Medication Errors

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.

Medication management often involves taking each prescription at a certain time of day and monitoring whether it is taken with or without food. When multiple prescriptions are in use, these requirements quickly become confusing. It is helpful to follow five simple steps developed by engineers to manage their son’s prescription regimen. The steps include understanding each medication, administering the proper medication, double checking label instructions, remaining vigilant with multiple prescriptions, and checking with nursing staff before administration.

While these five steps are easy to implement, they are highly effective and potentially lifesaving. Estimates show that there is an average of one medication error per patient each day he or she is in a hospital or a long-term care facility. Even medical professionals make medication errors, so it is essential for patients and their families to stay informed and vigilant.

Victims of medical malpractice may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Giving a patient with drug allergies the wrong medication can lead to serious harm, and negligent medical professionals should be held responsible for their actions. From compensation for medical expenses, prescription costs and long-term care to pain and suffering, medical malpractice victims may be eligible for a variety of damages. A malpractice lawyer can offer advice when it comes to the benefits of filing a lawsuit and help the patient establish a strong case to prove negligence on behalf of a health care provider.

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