Intravenous therapy or treatment through an IV is one of the most risky medication administration routes. IV errors occur frequently in hospitals and can lead to devastating consequences for a patient including serious injury, illness, or death.
Why do IV errors occur?
IV errors can occur for a number of different reasons. Errors in preparing or administering IV medications are a common cause of IV errors. If medications are mixed in the same container and given through a common IV, an incompatible reaction could result in reduced potency of the drug or risk of toxicity, which could lead to serious injury or illness.
Furthermore, hospitalized patients are often very ill and need medication administered through an IV quickly. A doctor, nurse, or other medical professional who prepares the drug may bypass the proper steps and procedures that ensure patient safety, which can lead to IV errors. This often occurs because of the shortage of qualified health care professionals including hospital pharmacists and nurses in addition to the high stress hospital atmosphere. Negligence is a common factor in cases of IV errors.
Types of IV errors
According to an IV medication errors study, almost half of all IV errors occurred in preparing or administering medication . Common types of IV errors include, but are not limited to:
• Improper injection of drug
• Wrong time of administration
• Extra dosage or wrong dose of drug is administered
• Failure to give medication through an IV
• Faulty IV pumps and valves
• Incompatible combination of drugs administered
• Wrong drug or solution was used
Have you suffered from an IV error?
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury or death due to IV errors or other medical mistakes, you have the legal right to pursue a medical malpractice claim to recovery your losses. A competent and caring attorney can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action. It is important to note that every state has statute of limitations laws that could prevent you from filing a claim after a specified time period .
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