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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.

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.

Human mistakes in hospitals in Kentucky

One of the directors at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement pointed out when asked about mistakes that are made in hospitals, that the issue comes down to the fact that people are working in those settings. They may have excellent training, but that does not take away their humanity, and there is simply going to be the chance that someone will make a mistake, as humans are prone to do.

What should I know about Kentucky medical malpractice claims?

Dealing with improper medical care is something that comes with some level of emotional and physical impacts. The simple knowledge that you are suffering physically because of choices your doctor made regarding your care is stressful. At some point, you might decide to seek compensation to help you deal with the monetary aspects of the medical malpractice. It is important for you to get some basic information to help you make an informed choice.

Time limits apply to medical malpractice claims in Kentucky

Dealing with the shock of being the victim of medical malpractice is something that can take time to get over. It is important that anyone who has been harmed by a medical professional to understand the statues governing their right to seek compensation for any injuries incurred as a result of medical malpractice or medical negligence.

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.

Ingredients in pain medication could cause liver failure

According to a report released on Jan. 16, the Federal Drug Administration stated that many patients, including Kentucky patients, who are prescribed acetaminophen are at risk for liver damage. The FDA reportedly requested that doctors stop prescribing medications that have doses of more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.

Kentucky patients, beware of medication allergies

It all began with a toe infection. The family of a 33-year-old man who died after repeated trips to a healthcare facility for his rapidly worsening condition says that it ended with his death due to an antibiotic medication error. Recently, a federal court agreed and reached a settlement of $2.5 million with the man's family and fiancee. The settlement was awaiting approval from the U.S. Department of Justice because the lawsuit was filed in federal court due to federal funding of the healthcare facility involved.

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