Sometimes the very people you trust to take care of your aging family member are the same ones who cause him or her harm. Overdoses, drug mix-ups and other medication errors occur at many Virginia nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Sadly, the ones who have to pay the price for these mistakes are the elderly patients.
What researchers have discovered about medication errors at nursing homes
Medication errors are a serious issue that plague nursing homes nationwide. A study conducted in 2005 revealed that drug mistakes are rampant in nursing homes. According to researchers, almost one out of every 10 nursing home residents suffers a medication-related injury. The National Institutes of Health provided the following explanation for this frightening phenomenon on its website: “medication errors are prevalent in nursing home settings due in part to the large number of medications prescribed and the at-risk nature of the population.”
Drug mistakes are a matter of life and death
A wrong medication or inappropriate dosage given to a resident isn’t a mistake without consequences. This type of error can be fatal. Nursing home medication errors have been linked with countless injuries and death.
If your loved one has suffered from some type of medication error at a nursing home or assisted living facility, you should speak with an experienced Virginia nursing home abuse attorney. You need to determine your legal options and what steps you should take. For more information, call our office at 703.584.7277.