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How can you help prevent errors when a loved one is hospitalized?

The third most common cause of death for Americans is medical error -- surpassed only by cancer and heart disease. That's a frightening statistic, since we rely on medical professionals to correctly diagnose and treat medical conditions and help us heal our injuries. Many of these errors are preventable.

Medication dosages for children: An issue for many paramedics

Having a child become so badly injured or seriously ill that paramedics have to be called is one of a parent's worst nightmares. We assume that paramedics and other emergency medical services (EMS) professionals have the training and skills needed to treat our little ones at the scene and while en route to the hospital.

Medication mistakes are on the rise

Pharmaceuticals and other medical interventions have eradicated diseases and are helping Americans lead happier, healthier lives every day. However, the increasing rate of medication comes with the price of more mistakes made by patients, caregivers and medical professionals.

Can doctors be held accountable for opioid addiction?

In the last few years, the number of opioid overdose deaths has climbed significantly across our country. Last year, 3050 people in Ohio died as a result of opioid overdose. An incredible 74 percent of those who died in 2015 had a prescription for controlled substance in the past.

Which medication errors are most dangerous?

There are many ways that a medical care provider can make a mistake with disastrous, or even fatal, consequences. For many patients, what should be a relatively routine treatment can turn dangerous or deadly because of medication errors. Medication errors account for around 1.3 million injuries each year in the United States alone, making it a very real threat to anyone receiving regular or emergency medical care.

Preventing medication errors

According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, 1.5 million people are injured by medication errors in this country every year. As of the 2006 report, those errors cost Americans $3.5 billion in wages, lost productivity and other medical expenses.

Healthcare information technology linked to medication errors

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.

Avoiding injury from a pharmacy error

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.

Why drug allergies are so dangerous to patients

When you go to the hospital or to a doctor's office, you expect the staff there to take your health seriously. If you have an allergy, you likely explain this each time you come in and even have it listed in the medical notes each provider looks at. If your provider offers you a prescription containing chemicals you're allergic to, there's a real threat that you could be made very sick or even die, depending on the severity of your reaction.

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