Last April, a 43-year-old man visited the Holzer Clinic complaining of fever, chills, congestion, body aches, headache and a cough. He had a 102.2 degree temperature. The doctor prescribed the man Tamiflu after tests for strep and influenza were negative. He was then released and sent home.
Officials with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority have been able to attribute precisely 889 medicinal errors between January 1 and June 30 of 2016 to some glitch in its health care-related information technology (HIT) system, a recent report shows. Among the three most common errors made by the HIT systems were a failure to record dosages, providing an extra dose and providing patients with the wrong dose.
When you think of medical malpractice, you might think of surgical errors or mistaking a patient's name. Maybe you think about a doctor who fails to diagnose a patient or one who ignores a patient's cries for help.
When your pharmacist makes a mistake it can be deadly -- there's a chance that the wrong medication could have no harmful effect on you at all -- but there's a much bigger chance that the wrong medication could interact badly with medications you're already taking, cause you a medical crisis or give you an allergic reaction.
If a hospital is negligent, you may have the option of suing for compensation. Hospitals are only places, but the administration is responsible for the many things that go on there. You may be able to sue the hospital administration for a number of reasons.