Those who reside in nursing homes, either because of age, disability, or due to rehabilitation from an injury, are often completely reliant on nursing home staff for their basic needs. This leaves nursing home residents particularly vulnerable to the intentional abuse, carelessness, and negligence of nursing home staff.
One way in which a nursing home resident’s reliance on staff can make him or her vulnerable to abuse or neglect is through the administration of medication. The following are some examples of medication-related incidents that can occur in nursing homes due to a staffer’s intentional or negligent conduct:
- Nursing home doctors prescribing the incorrect type or dose of medication
- The nursing home pharmacy filling the wrong prescription or providing an incorrect dosage
- Failing to check the patient’s history for possible adverse interactions with other medications
- Giving too high of a dose or too low of a dose
- Omitting a necessary dose
- Giving medication at the incorrect duration or rate
- Failing to verify a patient’s identity in the nursing home’s records to ensure the correct patient is receiving the correct medication
- Failing to properly document the administration of medication, which can lead to multiple doses
- Borrowing medication from another resident due to inadequate planning
- Purposefully withholding medication or overdosing a resident (a form of nursing home abuse)
- A staff member steals medication from a patient for personal use
These types of intentional and negligent actions by nursing home staff related to the administration of medication can lead to serious or even fatal injuries and can be the basis for a personal injury action against both the staff member and the nursing home that employed her.
If you or a loved one have been injured by the intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct of a nursing home staff member, the lawyers at Cardaro & Peek can help.
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