Medication Errors On The Rise In Nursing Homes

One state reveals that over 1,200 medication error citations were given to nursing homes in 2013. Some of the errors were realized by families that noticed behavior changes in their loved ones. "And it wasn't until then that we had found out that he was not getting his medication properly," said one family member.

Defenders investigated the family complaint and saw the rise of errors from 2011 to 2013. The statistic that was most shocking was the 78 increase of staff providing patients with unnecessary drugs. In regards to the increase, one doctor said it is a staffing shortage issue. “It would be easier to medicate them, to calm them down, to make it easier for them to handle, and that's something we don't want to see," he said. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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