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Don't let time expire on your medication error claim

Everyone procrastinates to one degree or another. For most people, it involves minor things such as putting off raking leaves or washing the car or visiting an optometrist. Sometimes procrastination can have serious consequences, however, as a professor of pharmacy law and policy at the University of Kentucky recently made clear.

How to prevent medical malpractice?

We hope and expect that at each hospital in the Covington and Cincinnati area, there are regular conversations about how to prevent medical malpractice. As we all know, medical negligence by doctors, nurses and hospitals leads to an unknown number of deaths each year in our nation. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said physician and hospital negligence is the third leading cause of death in the country.

Children's dentist running "house of horrors"?

Regular readers of our Kentucky medical malpractice blog might recall a case from a couple of years ago in which a woman south of Covington sued her dentist after he apparently dropped a small screwdriver down her throat. She later had to have the tool used on her implants surgically removed, Kentucky.com reported.

Intravenous medication labeling changes may reduce risk of errors

There are several factors that come together to determine the care that a Kentucky patient receives in the hospital. Some people might automatically think about the nurse's skills and the doctor's training when they think of care factors. Those, however, aren't the only factors that affect patient care.

Incorrect prescription method can lead to medication errors

Making sure that medications are taken properly is a duty of people who dispense medications, such as nurses and doctors in hospitals and nursing homes. One thing that has to be considered is the best method for a patient to take the medication. In some cases, the choices are whether to swallow a pill whole or to cut it or crush it to make it easier to take. There are some instances in which crushing or cutting a pill isn't appropriate.

Medication error leads to death, wrongful death lawsuit filed

When many people think of medication errors, they likely think of medication interactions or allergies. For some people, however, medical conditions are what dictates what they can safely take. In some cases, even common over-the-counter medications can prove deadly. Such was the case for one man who was arrested in Carter County.

Anesthesia errors can be life altering for Kentucky residents

Going into a hospital or surgical center for surgery or any procedure that involves having to go under anesthesia is something that requires putting a lot of trust in the person administering the anesthesia. While most procedures and surgeries will happen without any issues, there is always a chance that an error will be made. Those errors can be very serious. The complications from under-administering, over-administering or incorrectly administering anesthesia can be very complex. We don't want our Kentucky readers to think they have to face the results of anesthesia malpractice alone.

Communication vital to prevent medication error after transfer

Patients who are in skilled nursing facilities expect to be cared for properly. One of the aspects of patient care that must be executed properly is the administration of medications. Almost every skilled nursing facility or nursing home can benefit from learning ways that medication errors can be prevented. Kentucky residents might like to know about some of the medication errors that could happen when a patient is transferred from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility.

Medication dispensing system might reduce medication errors

Many people who are admitted into the hospital assume that the medical professionals assigned to their care can provide the necessary care to help them overcome their condition. While this is what happens in most cases, there are other cases in which the medical staff doesn't provide the necessary care due to medical negligence or other errors. For patients who are admitted into Kentucky's King's Daughters Medical Center's intensive care unit, a new station might reduce the incidence of medication errors.

Kentucky patients might see more nurse practitioners

Going to the doctor when you are sick is usually associated with actually seeing a doctor. That trend, however, might be changing with a bill signed by Kentucky Gov. Beshear on Feb. 13, 2014. Senate Bill 7 gives qualified nurse practitioners the right to prescribe certain medications without having to have a collaborative agreement with a physician. The president of the Kentucky Medical Association says that access to health care will likely increase as a result of this bill.

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