As we go deeper into the winter season, more and more people are getting sick and seeking hospital care. The covid season has not let up, and hospitals are feeling more burdened. Like any workplace, where there is too much stress, too little staff, and a lot of work, mistakes are bound to happen. Our Philadelphia medication errors attorneys at The Weitz Firm are familiar with the tragic stories associated with medication errors. We are here to help you or your loved one get the compensation and justice you deserve.
Covid has shown a spotlight on the weaknesses of our hospital and health care system in our nation. Medical staff is overworked, and patients overrun hospitals. At its worst, patients are lining the hallways waiting for rooms to clear. Amongst all that chaos, mistakes will be made. Thankfully some people are working hard to put systems in place to keep everyone healthy.
In 2015, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia created a program called Med O.S., which collects medication use data. This data is used to track medication dosages and infusion rates digitally. Med O.S is a revolutionary program that helps hospitals lower the chances of medication errors. Because at the end of the day, no one should have to worry about getting further injured due to a medication error. Especially during such stressful times like a pandemic.
Since July of 2020, the program has been used to track medications most commonly used to treat Covid-19 patients. The program assesses things like drug waste, which helps medical staff better understand how effectively the medicine is working and how to avoid drug waste. This kind of innovation is important because it protects people from dealing with injuries related to medication errors.
Mistakes happen, but in a medical setting, mistakes can lead to death or severe injury. Common medication errors are communication issues, organization issues, misfiling, technical failures, inadequate information, or bad medical devices. Even though medical personnel is supposed to alert patients and their families to an error, some errors go unreported. This is unacceptable. When a patient enters a medical place, they expect the utmost care. Medication errors are not the utmost care.
Our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at the Weitz Firm are here to help you every step of the way. From investigations to conversations with insurance companies and hospital staff. Our job is to advocate for you to ensure you get the justice you deserve. We will work to get you