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Medication Errors Are Higher Due To Opioid Shortage

On this episode of Chicago Injury Alert, we look at how a nationwide opioid shortage has caused medication errors throughout hospitals. https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/www.briskmanandbriskman.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/bbg-podcast-may-2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Opioid shortage has increased risk of medication errors, say experts

Opioid shortage has increased risk of medication errors, say experts

Hospitals are struggling with a worrying shortage of crucial painkillers administered to patients suffering from acute pain, battling cancer or undergoing surgery. A nationwide opioid shortage has left doctors and pharmacists unable to obtain sufficient injectable drugs like fentanyl and morphine. Authorities have attributed the opioid shortage to manufacturing problems, as well as the government’s …

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Iraq veteran’s mother sues Chicago VA hospital for medical malpractice

The mother of an Iraq war veteran filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against a Chicago Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. She alleged that the negligence of its medical staff led to her son’s suicide in March 2015. Daniel Nerstrom had sought treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home to …

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Illinois man alleges Wal-Mart pharmacist filled wrong prescription

A man who suffers from high blood pressure sued a Wal-Mart pharmacy in Cahokia, Illinois, claiming the pharmacist provided him with the incorrect prescription. Leroy Turner filed the lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court on August 25, 2015. He alleged Wal-Mart Inc. and pharmacist Christopher L. Hurtte were negligent in providing him with the …

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The occurrence of pharmacy errors after hospital discharge

As reported in the Chicago Tribune, two weeks after a patient named Joyce Oyler was discharged from the hospital, she had sores in her mouth and throat, and blood was flowing from her nose and bowels. Her daughter attributed her mother’s condition to a medication error. One drug that her mother was prescribed was missing. …

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Hospital computer systems fall short in preventing drug errors

Medication errors at hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Journal of Patient Safety. In order to address the problem and enhance patient safety, many hospitals have implemented computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems for ordering medication. According to a report from hospital rating organization The Leapfrog, …

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