If your child is in the hospital, you need to be aware of the risk of injury from medicine mistakes. According to researchers, one in 15 children is injured by drug errors in hospitals. One of the most notorious cases involved Dennis Quaid’s twins who were the victims of an accidental overdose. They were given a life-threatening amount of heparin, but later recovered.
According to a study published in Pediatrics journal, the number of children harmed by medication errors is higher than experts originally thought. Researchers discovered a rate of 11 drug-related harmful events for every 100 children in hospitals. The previous estimate was two per 100 hospitalized children. This figure equates to approximately 540,000 children who are victims of drug errors every year in the United States.
A new monitoring method was used to identify drug errors among children, which looks at 15 “triggers” on the charts of young patients. Some of the triggers include antidotes for drug overdoses, suspicious side effects and lab tests. The previous method used to detect medication errors relied on nonspecific reviews of patient charts and voluntary error reporting.
Some patient safety advocates believe that drug errors are a bigger problem than this study showed, because it included only a sample of patients’ charts and it didn’t involve general community hospitals where the majority of children in the United States are treated.
If you or your child has been the victim of a drug error, you need to contact an experienced Covington medical malpractice attorney at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for information regarding your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if negligence was involved. We handle cases in Northern Kentucky, as well as Louisville, Jefferson County and areas of Ohio, such as Cincinnati and Hamilton County.