Medication Errors in Canton Nursing Homes

Medication errors in Canton nursing homes pose a significant threat to the health and well-being of residents. When we place our loved one in a nursing facility, we expect the nurses and other staff to take care of them. Part of that care includes their medical wellness and the safe distribution of their medications.

Georgia nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are responsible for their residents’ healthcare. This often involves ongoing maintenance and improvement of a resident’s health through treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of illnesses or diseases.

Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes are made in the process of administering medications. While certain regulations are in place to safeguard against these types of mistakes, unfortunately, medication errors are not uncommon. They can cause great harm to residents and their families and can sometimes lead to death.

What Causes Medication Errors in Nursing Homes?

Medication errors can occur for several reasons, including not following proper procedures, a misunderstanding of drug interactions, forgetfulness, and negligence.

Four Types of Medication Errors Include:

  1. Misunderstanding Drug Interactions: Medications can interact with each other, leading to adverse effects. Staff must be knowledgeable about potential interactions to avoid prescribing conflicting drugs. A lack of proper training can lead to mistakes such as overdosing or adverse drug interactions.
  2. Failure to Follow Proper Procedure: Administering medications requires adherence to established protocols. Deviations from the correct procedure can result in dosage errors or incorrect administration routes.
  3. Forgetfulness: Busy schedules and high workloads may contribute to staff forgetting to administer medications or documenting the administration of medications inaccurately. Understaffed nursing homes can leave nurses and other staff members overwhelmed, tired, and frustrated which can lead to mistakes.
  4. Negligence: Deliberate neglect or carelessness in administering medications can lead to severe consequences for residents.

Intentional acts such as over-medicating a resident or using chemical restraints on a resident when they are unnecessary or not prescribed by a doctor are considered abuse. If you suspect neglect or abuse, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the details of your potential case.