Every medication available poses potential risks to patients. Some can cause serious side effects while others may interact negatively with various other prescriptions. In addition, failure to measure out proper dosages can leave patients with too little or too much of a given drug, which can cause a great deal of harm as well.
Prescription drug errors are a big problem in medical facilities in Ohio and throughout the United States. According to information from the Institute of Medicine, American hospitals experience an average of one medication error per patient per day. While some of these errors amount to nothing more than a mere inconvenience, many end up causing serious harm -- or even death -- to the improperly treated patients.
When we make a mistake at home or on the job, the first priority is to correct the error if possible. After that, we are left with two options: either confess to the mistake or stay silent about it and hope no one notices.
Not long ago, several experts and organizations joined forces to create the Alliance for the Rational Use of NSAIDs. This public health coalition aims to foster public education about the risks of taking potentially dangerous painkillers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) joined the ranks of the Alliance.
Technology is a part of our everyday lives and for long-term care facility residents in Ohio; technology will become a part of their daily medication regimens. The hope for the state-of-the-art automated pharmacy is to improve safety, cut costs and avoid prescription errors.
Pharmaceutical drugs are a key component of many patient treatment plans. Certainly, it seems that nearly all hospitalized patients receive prescribed medications in order to improve their outcomes, lessen their pain and/or stabilize their conditions.
There are certain populations of patients who need extra help with monitoring their prescription medications. Many Ohio parents wouldn't dream of giving their children prescription medications without first informing themselves about proper dosing, possible drug interactions and side effects. It is well understood that children's use of medication needs to be monitored.
The care of elderly patients requires a unique approach. Elderly Americans should be treated with respect, but also with an awareness that their memories and cognitive functions may not be as sharp as they used to be.
Due to their portability, physicians are increasingly using cell phones to call in prescriptions. While the convenience of these devices helps healthcare providers turn prescriptions around more quickly, the quality of cell phone reception frequently leads to otherwise preventable medication errors.
A recent study has once again proven that when it comes to medicine, a little can go a long way. In fact, small doses of a common pharmaceutical compound can lead to overdose if not properly monitored.