February 2016 Archives

The dangers of receiving the wrong medication

Missouri residents should keep an eye on their prescription medication to make sure that they are not given the wrong medication or dosage by a pharmacist. Medication errors can have serious repercussions such as in a 2010 case in which a woman suffered a brain hemorrhage after being given a dosage of blood thinner that was 10 times too high. The woman had to discontinue her chemotherapy for breast cancer as a result and died.

Hospital errors cause at least 200,000 deaths annually

Missouri patients may not know that preventable medical errors that occur in hospitals are the third leading cause of death. An article in the Journal of Patient Safety examined a number of studies and found that somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 people die each year due to these errors.

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