A recent Johns Hopkins study published in the July/August issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality reports that there are significantly more medication errors which lead to patient injury in hospital emergency rooms which employ temporary staff. The study examined almost 24,000 medication errors which occurred in 592 hospital emergency rooms across the country.
In those emergency rooms which employed temporary workers, including doctors and nurses, the rate of medication error was twice as high as in emergency rooms which used a permanent staff. While the reasons for this are not entirely clear, lack of familiarity with hospital procedures could account for much of the problem.
If you are a patient in an emergency room, you need to be aware that new, temporary employees can make mistakes which can have life-threatening consequences. If something the nurse tells you doesn’t seem to be right or doesn’t seem to agree with what the doctor told you, you need to question things promptly.
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Ask to speak to the doctor again to clarify whether the medications you are being instructed to take have been prescribed by the doctor. If you believe you have suffered injury as a result of receiving improper medications, click here contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately to discuss your case.