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Common Nursing Home Medication Errors

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Evictions and Transfers Could Lead to Medication Errors

There are many high-quality nursing home facilities committed to ensuring the residents in their care are receiving the best attention possible but that doesn’t stop family members from fearing the worst-case scenario when residents are evicted or transferred to a new facility.

In the past five years, Illinois was identified as having doubled their number of nursing home evictions and transfers. Evictions can be justified but Federal law requires nursing homes to give residents 30 days’ notice of their decision to evict them from the facility, as well as the opportunity to appeal the decision. That same notice must also be given to the state long-term care ombudsman, an elder rights representative assigned in every state.

Medication Management Plans Are Required with Transfer Information

Homes must assist in arrangements for a transfer, either to the resident’s home or to another home or skilled nursing facility, including sharing care plan details with intake facilities or private nurses on how to manage medication. Medication errors remain to be a common issue in nursing home and health care settings but even more so when a patient’s care changes and standards and culture in facility or staffing may differ.

Common medication errors include:

  • Crushing or slicing medications that should not be split.
  • Inadequate fluids with medications.
  • Inadequate food or antacids with medications.
  • Failure to properly shake, mix, or “roll” the medication.
  • Improper administration of medication to be used with enteral nutritional formulas (ENFs).
  • Improper administration of eye drops.
  • Improper use of metered dose inhalers (MDIs).
  • Allowing elder patient to swallow sublingual tablets.

A 2017 study in the American Journal of Medicine found that nursing home residents who were prescribed antipsychotic medications, anticoagulants, diuretics and anti-epileptics were at an increased risk of medication errors. Sometimes transfer plans for these residents aren’t treated with the sensitivity they require and result in a medication error injury caused by negligence. Negligence is a serious, life-threatening matter, especially when it comes to the care of people in nursing home facilities. Family members may have the option of seeking legal recourse for injury, health problems, or the death of a loved one who has been under supervision at a nursing home and suffered from an error in medication treatment.

Nursing Home Medication Error Injury Attorneys

If your loved one suffered serious injury or death as a result of medication error or facility transfer, please let the Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Levin and Perconti review the facts of the situation and advise you of any legal remedies you may have. As the rising number of abuse and neglect claims related to transfers arise, it’s true Illinois nursing homes are getting away with providing some of the most innocent and vulnerable residents poor and inadequate oversight.

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