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Common pharmaceutical mistakes that can affect you

Plenty of people in Louisiana see a pharmacist on a somewhat regular basis. Whether it's to pick up medicines to treat temporary illnesses, or for longer-lasting conditions that need to be monitored, pharmacies are a big part of many people's lives. However, even pharmacists can make mistakes.

Pharmaceutical mistakes can happen for many reasons, and there are different types of common mistakes, too. Pharmacy Times takes a look at common dispensing errors along with ways to reduce the possibility of them happening. Among the causes of these errors, it includes:

  • Struggling with abbreviations and zeroes
  • Disorganized workplace
  • Stressful or distracting environment
  • Improper drug storage
  • Reading prescriptions wrong
  • Getting medications mixed up

Are long trucker commutes endangering motorists?

Sharing the road with commercial trucks is an inevitable part of life for residents of Louisiana and the United States, but for many motorists, navigating their way around these large, heavy vehicles can be an anxiety-inducing experience. When cars and trucks collide with one another, the smaller vehicles typically find themselves on the losing end, which is why it is especially important that truck drivers stay sober, drive safely and otherwise exercise care when traveling. There is a hidden danger that appears to be affecting truck drivers’ performances nowadays, however, and it involves the long trucker commute.

According to TruckerInfo.com, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is concerned enough about the potential effects long commutes have on truck drivers that the administration wants a survey conducted to determine just how much of a danger exists for other motorists. The agency notes that, as population increases continue and many truck drivers find themselves priced out of major housing markets, these same truckers must move long distances away from their company headquarters, which can hinder job performance.

What types of wrongful death damages can you recover?

If your spouse or child dies in Louisiana because of someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, you have the right to sue that person for the wrongful death of your loved one. As FindLaw explains, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action where you sue the person responsible for your loved one’s death for monetary damages.

Most wrongful death suits arise after a person dies in a motor vehicle accident or as the result of medical malpractice. However, you can also bring a wrongful death action should your loved one die due to someone’s criminal misconduct, such as assault, battery, robbery, homicide or other crime. Bear in mind that in such a situation it makes no difference whether or not a jury convicts the person; your wrongful death action is separate and apart from any criminal prosecution.

Polypharmacy could increase interaction risks

Did you know that many Louisiana residents, especially seniors, are in a state of polypharmacy? This practice of taking many prescription drugs at the same time is not necessarily injurious all by itself, but each new pharmaceutical you take could increase your risk of experiencing serious side effects. You probably depend on doctors, pharmacists and nurses to keep an eye out for potential interactions. Unfortunately, sometimes your trust in these professionals could turn out to be misplaced.

Here at the office of Lee M. Schwalben, M.D., J.D., LLC, our team is ready to decode the complex jumble of prescriptions, treatments and caregivers that our clients bring to us. We want to make sure that failed practices or unethical practitioners responsible for injuries are brought to light and dealt with responsibly.

What should you do if a medical procedure goes wrong?

When you opt for a medical procedure, you hope that everything goes as planned. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. If you find yourself in a worse position, there are a few key steps you need to take.

The first thing you need to do is receive treatment. You don't want to wait around and hope that your health improves. You also don't want to wait around for guidance from a legal professional. Your well-being is top priority, so make sure you do whatever it takes to better understand what went wrong and how to fix it.

How to prevent medication errors

When Louisiana residents receive a prescription, they usually expect that their doctor has written them an appropriate dosage for the correct medicine. Sometimes errors happen, though, and it is important for people to know what they should do when they learn there is something wrong with their prescription.

Medication errors can happen for a number of reasons. The World Health Organization says that some medicines have similar names and packaging and this can cause some pharmacists to reach for the wrong medication. Additionally, sometimes medical professionals may need to process several prescriptions in a short period of time and if they are distracted when filling out prescriptions, they may make a mistake. Additionally, medication errors can happen if doctors and their patients do not have good communication. Some doctors may also not understand all of the risks of certain medicines or they may not have enough knowledge of a patient's medical background. In this situation, a medical professional might prescribe the wrong medication or dose.

The difference between medical malpractice and wrongful death

When Louisiana residents lose a loved one because of medical negligence, they may wonder if their situation is considered medical malpractice or wrongful death. These legal terms can have a few factors in common but there are a few key differences between them, and it is important for people to understand these differences before they take any kind of action. 

FindLaw says that most instances of medical malpractice include some kind of negligence. This might mean that a doctor failed to provide the proper treatment or provided treatment that harmed the patient. Negligence also includes situations when a doctor diagnosed a patient with the wrong condition or did not take the necessary steps to manage a patient's condition. Administering the wrong medication or an inaccurate dosage is also considered medical malpractice. Medical malpractice does not always mean that a patient has died. Instead, a patient may experience complications or find that his or her condition has worsened because of the care which was administered.

Protect pets during car rides

When Louisiana residents get in the car to run errands, they may sometimes bring their pets with them. While many people enjoy their pet's company, they may not consider what might happen to their pet if another vehicle hits their car. It is important for people to understand how they can keep their pets safe if they are involved in a collision.

Many people regularly bring their pets on errands. According to Pet Pro Supply Company, one survey found that more than 80 percent of pet owners typically bring their dog on car rides. Most of these pets usually do not wear harnesses or sit in a crate. The same survey reports that a pet restraint is used by roughly 16 percent of dog owners.

What are inattentive driving behaviors?

We've all been there before: you glance to the car next to you and see the driver with their head down, busy doing this or that. The roads of Louisiana can be dangerous for multiple reasons, and inattentive drivers like them can be a huge contributor.

Inattentive driving is defined by the National Institutes of Health as any action which takes the driver's attention away from the road. This can be for any length of time and in any capacity. While most people think of inattentive driving as behavior that takes your eyes away from the road for an extended period of time, it only takes a few seconds for a crash to happen.

How does health care bullying affect patients?

Despite what people say about bullying being restricted to the schoolyard, bullies abound anywhere you go – from high school to college and beyond. You might encounter a bully at the grocery store or in your own workplace. When Louisiana patients are subjected to a bullying environment in the health care industry, their own safety and well-being could be at risk.

It might surprise you to learn that workplace bullying is more common in the health care field than in other industries. As the Journal of Emergency Medical Services explains, nurses and other health care workers who may be viewed as subordinate to senior nurses, doctors and administrators, can be victimized by bullying behavior at work. When a worker is constantly subjected to negative words and actions, others may be directly or indirectly affected.

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