Medication Errors

Prescription drug errors occur regularly each year in the NHS.

They often result from mistakes made by GP’s, hospital doctors, nurses, carers and pharmacies.

Common problems include :

  • Labelling errors
  • Incorrect drug or dose/strength of a drug
  • Prescription of blood thinning drugs e.g warfarin and heparin leading to internal haemorrhage, pulmonary embolism and death

In a recent case dealt with by David an elderly gentleman went to see his GP with the symptoms of a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in his lower leg.

Before checking his medical history and noticing a previous problem with stomach ulcers the GP prescribed heparin. This caused a gastro-intestinal bleed and resulted in an emergency admission to hospital for a blood transfusion and surgery.

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