Recent reports suggest that medical errors in Pennsylvania are on the decline. However, some people are wondering whether this statistic tells the entire story. Although some studies show that medical errors have declined by about half since 2005, it is important to recognize that there are some outlying factors. For example, some hospitals file considerably lower numbers of reports than others. This suggests that they may be under-reporting accidents and errors. Pa lawmakers are also looking into whether it's unreasonably hard for patients to file cases in certain areas of the state. All of this information also impacts how insurance companies can become involved when corresponding personal injury claims are filed.
Pharmacists are likely your first line of communication in the medical community. They fill your prescriptions, answer your questions, and are the cornerstone of drug stores across the country. However, filling all of those prescriptions sometimes leads error. Some studies state that pharmacy dispensing errors account for about 20% of the medication errors that impact patients overall. Although pharmacists work very hard to minimize these mistakes, sometimes they do happen. When they do, the consequences can be harmful and even life-threatening. Here are some times to avoid medication errors:
It is not uncommon for elderly nursing home residents to be in poor health or in need of medical assistance. In some of these situations, an emergency room visit may be essential for that patient. However, an emergency room visit may also lead to infection in the nursing home later on.