On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Friday, December 21, 2018.
Some patients in Texas may be aware of the increased use of electronic health records by health care providers. EHRs are quickly replacing the paper medical charts in hospitals and doctor offices throughout the county.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Friday, August 31, 2018.
Errors among community pharmacists have increased by 64 percent between April 2018 and June 2018, according to a quarterly report from the National Pharmacy Association. Texas residents should know about this trend as they may be affected by it too. In the wake of the creation of the General Data Protection Regulation and changes to the data protection law, there have been more breaches of patient confidentiality and dispensing errors.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
Many protocols have been developed by hospitals in Texas to reduce surgical errors, but anesthesiologists are largely on their own. An anesthesiologist calling for safety improvements within the profession pointed out that anesthesiologists have no assistants or technical systems to aid them when they select and prepare drugs for a patient.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
Texas residents who are concerned about the accuracy of their health records may be interested to know that the results of a recent study indicated that the error rates for EHR vary significantly among different systems. The results of the study, which were released in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, also indicate that the providers in the different health IT systems take varying amounts of time to complete EHR tasks.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
Medication errors may cause serious injuries or fatalities, making it important for doctors and pharmacists to be careful with prescription and intravenous drugs. Intravenous drug shortages are one problem that can lead to medication errors. When a Texas pharmacy's supply of IV drugs runs low, it may lead the pharmacy to use high-risk compounding to make the drugs used in anesthesia.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
Texas residents who have diabetes rely not only on doctors but on pharmacists as well. About one-third of diabetes patients use insulin and may require counseling on how to correctly administer it. A new article that serves as a primer for pharmacists covers current diabetes treatment options and suggests ways that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can offer counseling and increase patient safety.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Friday, March 16, 2018.
In 2016, researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study estimating that more than a quarter of a million people die annually from medication errors in Texas and the rest of the U.S. Many of these errors are evident from the patient records themselves, which is why advances in record-keeping technology may help reduce the number of mistakes. Better technology can also simplify the process of determining liability in malpractice cases.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Friday, December 22, 2017.
Texas patients who are seeking a diagnosis for an unknown illness or condition may be interested to learn that the McDonald Criteria for diagnosing multiple sclerosis was revised. The revisions could help speed up the diagnostic process while reducing the potential for a misdiagnosis.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
A study led by Cedars-Sinai, a nonprofit medical center, shows that errors in drug and medication orders can be reduced by over 80 percent if pharmacy professionals take patients' drug histories in emergency departments. This is a significant find because in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S., drug histories are often taken by doctors and nurses.
On behalf of The Law Offices of Charles Dunn posted in Medication Errors on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
Some of the most popular classes of drugs prescribed to Texas patients can also be some of those most frequently involved in liability claims related to medication errors or dangerous prescription combinations. Opioid painkillers and anticoagulants, which discourage blood clots, are the two drug types most frequently involved in claims related to medication.