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Medication errors in nursing homes are common

One of the main reasons that an Albuquerque family may consider moving a loved one into a long-term care or nursing home facility is to make sure that the impacted loved one is having all of their daily needs met. When a person can no longer cook their own meals, see to their own grooming or provide their own transportation it may signal to a family that they need to take proactive steps to keep their loved one safe. For many, nursing homes provide a level of security and peace of mind for those who would otherwise worry about the well-being of their relatives.

In addition to basic daily care, nursing and care homes support their residents with their medical and medicinal needs. Often a nursing home staff will be responsible for providing its residents with their daily prescriptions and necessary medical treatments. These services ensure that individuals who might not be able to maintain their medicinal regimens have help to improve their health.

Unfortunately, though, nursing homes are not infallible and research suggests that an alarming number of nursing home residents suffer medication errors due to mistakes made by their caretakers. In fact, around one-third of nursing home medication errors are repeat errors, meaning that the patients receive the wrong medicine, the wrong dose of medicine or some other mistake multiple times during the course of their care.

Mistakes made in the administration of a nursing home patient's medications can be life-threatening and cause significant pain and suffering to those victims who experience this form of negligence. In the event that a person suffers this form of preventable harm they may have rights to pursue their personal injury losses from the nursing home facility that enabled their medication errors to be made.

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