One of the very first things taught at nursing school is safe and proper medication administration to patients. Nurses immediately learn to always think of the 5 R’s before giving any medicine. The 5 R’s are: the Right Patient, Right Route, Right Dose, Right Time, and Right Medication. Skipping one of these steps can cause the wrong medication or wrong dosage to be given to a patient. This can result in a serious injury, disability, and sometimes even lead to death. It is estimated that 1.5 million patients are harmed each year by medication errors.
Nurses and Doctors on a Legal Team with Incomparable Experience
Many law firms will tell you they can help because they understand what really happened to you or a loved one. But unless they have nurses and doctors with years of experience on their teams, like we do at the Beasley medical injury firm, they really can’t help you in the way you need. Here at the Beasley medical malpractice law firm, we have specialized medication error teams. They consist of doctors and nurses who have over 50 years of collective hospital experience in administering medications to thousands of patients.
How are Medication Mistakes Possible?
When a hospital is short staffed, nurses may sometimes be pulled to other units where they may not be familiar with the medications. A nurse can easily skip one or more of the vital 5 R’s. For example, a nurse that normally works in the newborn nursery unit may be pulled to work on an adult floor even if he or she does not have experience with adult medications and correct dosages. Many adult medications need vital signs or blood pressure taken before and after medication administration. A nurse who normally works with infants may not know about these procedures or be familiar with adult orthopedic, cancer, pain, cardiac or congestive heart failure medicines. However, a nurse in this type of situation may administer these medications to adults anyway. Depending on what medication is received, test results may need to be obtained before a medication is given. These are the types of details our nurses and doctors are familiar with when reviewing a medication or drug error lawsuit.
Fighting Your Battles to Obtain Justice
Since 1958, the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Beasley Firm has been successfully litigating wrongful deaths, and medication errors with an unparalleled record of success. Our collective knowledge assisted in obtaining two of the largest medical negligence verdicts in Pennsylvania history, $100 million and $55 million, as well as countless other multi-million dollar judgments and settlements. The Beasley law firm is a legendary Pennsylvania catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death firm that has been awarded over $2 billion for our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a medication error, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia medication error attorneys at 888.823.5291. Be sure to subscribe to our Philadelphia medical error blog to stay updated on new and recent information to keep you informed.