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Why do dosage errors occur?

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2023 | Medical Malpractice |

Mistakes in the medical field can be life-threatening, yet they happen. Medical malpractice can occur in different ways, including dosage errors. But how can a physician administer or prescribe the right drug but use the wrong dosage?

This guide discusses this matter.

Fatigue is a leading contributing factor

A physician should get enough rest to be attentive when working. Fatigue is one of the reasons why one would give the wrong dosage to a patient. They may be absent-minded and forget to inform the patient of the dosage to use or write the wrong dosage when prescribing. A physician may also use the wrong measurement when administering a drug.

If a doctor gives you the wrong dosage, you will have under/overdose effects, which are both dangerous.

How can you prove dosage errors?

If you experience an unwanted effect after using a drug, you should be alarmed. It may be challenging to conclude the root was the drug dosage, but assessing the changes in your medication can help you.

Further, your doctor may provide you with this information. If you return to them due to the symptoms you experience, and they change the dosage of the drug, the chances are they made an error initially. They may not tell you this; therefore, pay attention to any change made to your medication.

What should you do?

If you suspect a physician made dosage errors, you should gather evidence. Take photos of the initial medicine, including the dosage information. You should also document your symptoms. If the dosage error was made during administering, your symptoms and medical records can provide crucial information.

If you or your loved one was injured due to a dosage error, you should get legal help to protect your rights.