Monthly Archives: November 2017

Can Pharmacists Make Mistakes While Dispensing Medications?

Multiple studies have shown how the health care industry is prone to medical mistakes. An estimated 250,000 to 440,000 US patients die each year from medical errors, while others suffer permanent injuries. Medication mistakes are a type of medical error that may harm patients. There are instances where pharmacists are responsible for causing these errors. Common medication errors caused by pharmacies can include but are not limited to: Wrong medication: Pharmacy staff may mix up the names of medications while filling prescriptions. Staff may confuse prescription drugs with similar-sounding names. The incorrect medications may also be dispensed when patient names are confused. Incorrect dosage: Pharmacists may provide a customer with the wrong dosage of a medication. Depending on the circumstances, the patient may be unable to reap the benefits of their treatment or they can overdose. Formulation mistakes: Certain drugs have different formulations. For example, some medications are extended release…
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What Are Possible Examples of Dental Malpractice?

Dentists are medical practitioners who are also obligated to provide an acceptable standard of care to their patients. Medical mistakes at the dentist’s office can kill patients or leave them with permanent injuries. For instance, there is currently a case in Houston where a dentist is accused of causing severe brain damage to a 4-year-old girl. The dentist allegedly failed to monitor the girl during a procedure and gave her too many sedatives. As a result, the girl can no longer speak, walk, eat or see. There are other types of medical mistakes that may occur at a dentist’s office. Examples of medical malpractice at the dentist’s office might include: Anesthesia mistakes: Some dental procedures require patients to undergo general anesthesia. Mistakes made during general anesthesia could lead to traumatic brain injuries or death. Patients may also not receive enough anesthesia, which could lead to anesthesia awareness. This is where…
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How Can Football Injuries Cause Brain Damage?

Brain injuries and football have become a popular topic of discussion over the last several years. Specifically, many people are talking about the implications of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of damage found in the brains of deceased football players. The recent death of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has also kept the discussion about CTE in the public spotlight. CTE continues to befuddle the medical community, but it is believed the condition is caused by repetitive brain trauma. Collisions during contact sports such as football cause frequent concussions which help foster the conditions for CTE to develop. CTE is a crippling condition that may cause memory loss, poor impulse control, depression, substance abuse disorder and a general loss of cognitive abilities. In addition to CTE, football players can also suffer from subdural hematomas, a type of bleeding that occurs between the surface of the brain and its outer…
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