Almost all patients in the hospital receive medication during their stay. Many hospitals have health care workers that are overworked – leading to medical mistakes. When hospital workers are busy or understaffed, they may make medication errors.
Although blood thinners are known to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by preventing the development of blood clots in the arteries and veins, new research by the Annals of Pharmaco-therapy reveals that they also account for about 7 percent of medication errors in hospitalized patients when used incorrectly.
Bottom line – they can hurt patients more than they help.
There are two types of blood thinners:
- Antiplatelet drugs – prevent blood cells called platelets from grouping together, causing a clot
Anticoagulants – works on chemical reactions in the body to prolong
the time it takes for a clot
Medication errors can be very dangerous for patients; they could suffer serious or fatal complications.
Under medical malpractice law, an individual has the right to pursue a lawsuit against the hospital or doctor who gave the incorrect dosage.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications from a medication error, you should consult a personal injury attorney who has been successful in medical malpractice cases. Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck to discuss what legal actions can be taken against the negligent hospital or doctor.