Has anyone had a medication error? Study suggests half of us might!

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-07-26 00:00:19 -0500
Started 2012-07-04 21:18:41 -0500

Wow, I just came across a study that suggests half of all heart attack and heart failure patients who are hospitalized are the victims of significant medication errors.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/673...

Anyone here experienced any medication errors and if so what happened, how was it discovered, and what was done about it?

Scary stuff!

HH


2 replies

dupageflute
dupageflute 2012-07-25 12:05:04 -0500 Report

I have. I paid for medication. But it was more than I thought it should be. When I got home, I opened it and found the pills looked different than they normally did. I looked at the bottle and it had someone else's name on it. They gave me someone else's meds. I immediatly took it back to the store. They gave me the right one and did not charge me. I still wrote the manager a letter.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-07-26 00:00:19 -0500 Report

dupageflute,

Thanks for adding your experience. I once had a prescription for a therapeutic vitamin as a teenager. What they gave me is a prescription for coumadin. Thank God I was inquisitive even back then and read the bottle as taking the coumadin could have been life-threatening!

The point is many people don't question their docs or pharmacists and simply take what ever is in the bottle. Sometimes even if they do read the bottle they don't understand that something like coumadin is NOT a vitamin.

My rant has always been you have to practice, Informed, Self-directed Healthcare (ISH). Not all medical practitioner are conscientious and even the best make mistakes. That littel mistake I experienced could have killed me if had just assumed it was the right prescription!

Anybody else have a similar experience?

HH