Most residents of nursing homes depend on medication in order to live a comfortable and healthy life. They will also likely be in a situation where they need their medication and dosage to be handled by a caretaker at the nursing home. In many cases, the nursing home resident's life will depend on the correct dosage of medication. Thus, it is paramount that medication is handled with professionalism and care.
Unfortunately, there are cases of nursing home residents in the state of New York receiving the wrong medication, missing doses, or suffering overdoses at the hands of nursing home caretakers. Any type of medication error that occurred due to nursing home negligence is simply unacceptable, and as a loved one of a nursing home resident, it is vital that you take action to enforce his or her rights.
What types of medication errors most commonly occur?
While nursing home caretakers can often be responsible for administering the incorrect medication, nursing home residents may also suffer from improperly prescribed prescriptions from medical professionals. When a physician prescribes a patient the wrong dose or the incorrect medication, this medical professional will likely be guilty of negligent practice.
If the physician does, indeed, prescribe a correct dose of medication, many issues can arise that lead to medication errors in the nursing home itself. The issue of understaffing in nursing homes can lead to errors. For example, nursing home workers may simply not have enough time to administer the medication of all nursing home residents in a timely manner. In a situation like this, it may be possible to initiate a legal claim against the nursing home for the negligent practice of chronic understaffing, which has the potential to put nursing home residents' lives at risk.
The are many ways in which medication errors can occur in nursing homes. It is important that you, as a loved one of a nursing home resident, are vigilant and take action if you notice any cause for concern. You may be able to file for damages if your loved one suffered or was put at risk as a result of medication errors.