Medication errors have doubled from 2000 to 2012, so today we are going to look at the details of this statistic. This study comes from Clinical Toxicology, July 2017. This study discussed that medication errors have doubled between these dates. It went from 1.09 errors per 100,000 to 2.28 errors per 100,000.
A deeper look into the study revealed that 40 percent of medication errors were involving the following medicines:
- Heart Medications
- Pain Killers
- Hormone Therapy
The study also revealed that half of medication errors led to hospitalization. So while you can say the stats are very low at 2.28 per 100,000, if it’s your loved one that ends up being hospitalized, it can be very serious for you. Please take this into consideration.
Our advice is this:
Please remind your medical doctors if they are writing you a prescription, of the medications you’re currently on, or review what medications you’re currently on with the physician before they write them. Also talk to them about any supplements or vitamins you may be taking as well. Feel free to ask the MD any questions you have about the medication prior to leaving. You can also ask the pharmacist specifics on its usage. Make sure everything is very clear before you start taking it.
This is important because if you go into a facility such as a walk in clinic for a focus exam and they’re checking you out for shoulder pain and you fail to go over your entire health history which should include the medications you’re on, that can lead to an error. Please remember that current medications, prior history, and current supplementation should be talked about prior to receiving any prescriptions.
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