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How can adverse drug events be prevented?

Every year, an alarming number of people are harmed or lose their lives because of adverse drug events. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are almost 700,000 emergency room visits each year and 100,000 hospitalizations because of adverse drug events. Sometimes, these events constitute medical malpractice and it is very important for those who have experienced an adverse drug event to stand up for their rights. In New York, NY, far too many people have suffered as a result of this serious problem and more must be done to prevent these incidents from occurring.

On their website, the AHRQ lists a number of strategies that can help prevent an adverse drug event from taking place. For example, handwriting errors which lead to people misreading prescriptions can be avoided with computerized order entry systems. Additionally, Tall Man lettering can be used to help distinguish between medications that sound similar and clinical pharmacists should oversee the dispensing of medications. Medications should also be prescribed conservatively and medical professionals should do everything they can to ensure that patients receive the proper medication and correct dose. Furthermore, nurses can have an easier time safely administering medications when they are exposed to fewer interruptions. From a hospital error to understaffing and doctor errors, there are many reasons adverse drug events continue to happen and it is imperative for hospitals and medical professionals to do everything they can to prevent them.

Please keep in mind that this information, which was put together to provide helpful suggestions regarding the prevention of adverse drug events, does not constitute legal advice.

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