Today we will be talking about medication errors witch kills 7000 patients every year.It looks shocking but its true.
Lets get into the details.
Doctor’s sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. It’s a shocking statistic, and, according to a July 2006 report from the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medication mistakes also injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually.
However, it is absolutely true that bad handwriting has killed.The wrong prescription may be given or given at the wrong dose.Also it happens with the medicines slight change in their names and are used to cure different diseases.
Computerized and printed prescriptions should reduce the amount of such pharmacy errors caused by illegible prescriptions.
The automated prescription system should help eliminate a number of common medication errors, since drug names and doses must be selected from drop-down menus. The e-prescription systems prevent misreading of handwriting, and eliminate pharmacist data entry errors, because the exact prescription is simply transferred to the pharmacy online and does not need to be re-entered.
The people who die from this adverse reactions are typically hospitalized patients, likely already very sick, possibly suffering from multiple chronic diseases and taking other long-term medications. You see the problem here,there are more possible adverse reactions in these patients and they are also more likely to be fatal.
The handwriting title is annoyingly misleading because it makes it seem like simple family doctors across the country are writing out prescriptions and the patient shows up at the pharmacy and later dies due to some mistake. That is not what is happening in these cases.