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Prescription error leads to patient's fatal overdose

Thanks to advances in pharmacological science, people in Providence can combat pain, illness, and infection with remarkable effectiveness. Yet prescription drugs also carry with them the potential to cause untold harm if given in wrong amounts or in combination with other medications. Patients look to their doctors to know what's best for them when it comes to prescribing them their drugs. Doctors are required to communicate clearly with pharmacists to ensure that their patients are given the right drugs in the right doses. When that chain of communication breaks down, patients pay a high price.

A Texas woman had to pay such a price following a dosage mistake that occurred during her recovery from a routine surgical procedure. After completing her surgery, her doctor wrote out a prescription for 10 mm of potassium phosphate, yet later changed his mind and changed the dosage to 20 mm. Yet instead or writing out a new prescription, he simply wrote over the dosage amount already on the order. When it came time to administer the dosage to the woman during her recovery, the nurse read the dosage as 120 mm, an amount that could easily kill someone. Yet that's how much the woman was given, and less than five hours later, she died.

To lose a loved one in such a way would be devastating to any family. The knowledge of the negligence shown by the healthcare providers in cases that involve a prescribing error such as this may serve to compound that devastation even further. It's understandable then that the families of those who suffer from such negligence may want to try and hold those providers accountable. A personal injury attorney may of great assistance in helping to ensure that negligent providers face such accountability. 

Source: KSAT San Antonio "Deadly hospital mistake kills local woman" Steve Spriester, July 30, 2014 

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