Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP
Free Consultations *
For Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Matters Only
toll free: 866-679-2513
Kew Gardens: 718-577-2573
Woodbury: 516-681-0250
contact Menu
We continue to be here for you as we monitor the current COVID-19 health crisis. Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld remains open. Our staff is working remotely and the firm will continue to be functional and operational.
You can reach all of us via email or leave a message on our phone extensions and we will return the calls as quickly as possible.
We are concerned about the health and safety of all of our clients and wish all of you the best during these difficult times.

Over 60 Years In Queens County

Contact Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP in Queens Queens, NY Attorneys: Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP

Thank you so much for all your help. You are a true God send and I feel blessed for having your assistance. Wishing you and your family well wishes and a Happy New Year too!

Thank you for “services rendered” to my complete satisfaction. On that note, a special thank you to Judy Ramirez and Veronica Fuentes for their many contributions. With your knowledge and experience...

Thank you for doing such a great job representing my son on the purchase of his condo. As I am sure you could tell, he was very nervous about the whole thing, been waiting for the other shoe to...

On behalf of the family of the Estate of Marlene U., I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the law firm of Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP for its unwavering commitment...

I feel blessed that somehow your firm in and my life crossed because the result is the quality of my mother’s life in respect to current and future needs is secure …

Dear Martin and Ira, thank you so much for working so hard on my case for so many years. My life changed 10 years ago when this occurred. I'm glad this chapter of my life has closed.

Just wanted to express how happy I am with your firm. I have known you for over 15 years starting with the purchase of my first home and when I continued utilizing your services when...

Words can not fully express how grateful and impressed I am with your outstanding services. Working with you and your staff not only made me feel comfortable and reassured but ...

I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for your efforts over the last two years regarding my case. Your attention to the details surrounding-my case was second to none...

Me sentir bien comoda con mi dos abogados, el Sr. Martin y el Sr. Futterman, que me trataron mi caso con mucha delicadeza y puecieron mucho tiempo en mi case

Client Testimonials for Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld LLP
view our Practice areas

Pharmacists in the ER can dramatically reduce medication errors

A recent study says that pharmacists in the ER can reduce medication errors by up to 80 percent.

When a patient is admitted to the emergency department, it is common for either a nurse or a doctor to ask them about their medication history. However, doctors and nurses in the ER are juggling a wide range of issues and for people with complex prescription histories, asking doctors and nurses to ask about those histories could cause problems. As the Pharmacy Times reports, a recent study suggests that medication errors in the emergency department can be reduced dramatically by having pharmacists or pharmacy technicians take patients' medication histories in the ER rather than doctors or nurses.

Placing pharmacists in the ER

The study was published in the BMJ Quality and Safety journal and involved researchers from throughout North America. The researchers followed 306 patients who were taking at least 10 prescription drugs and suffered from either heart failure or another serious condition. In looking through these patients' medical records, they found that they had suffered, on average, from seven medication errors each in the past. While most medication errors are harmless, such as failing to take a multivitamin, others can be dangerous, especially for those suffering from serious medical conditions.

As Healthcare Informatics reports, the researchers placed pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the emergency department and had them take patients' medical histories soon after they were admitted rather than relying on doctors or nurses to do so. This change led to a dramatic 80 percent drop in drug order errors in the emergency department.

Combating medication errors

There are a number of reasons why pharmacists in the ER can lead to a dramatic decline in medication errors. People with complex medication profiles tend to see many different types of physicians, which can mean that one physician may overlook an important piece of information in the patient's prescription records or else fail to update those records with new information. Pharmacists are better equipped to see if something is missing from those records or if mixing certain drugs could cause an adverse reaction.

Also, time of patient admission matters. Most ER patients are admitted in the late afternoon or early evening and often come in at first with family members. The earlier a pharmacist can see those patients, the more likely they are to also be able to talk to accompanying family members who may be able to offer useful information about the patients' medication history. Waiting later in the evening for a nurse or doctor to take that information could lead to problems since the accompanying family member may have left by then.

Medical malpractice law

Medication errors are one of the most common mistakes made in healthcare settings. Anybody who has been injured or fallen ill because of a potential medication error or some other type of alleged medical mistake should get in touch with a medical malpractice attorney. An experienced attorney can help clients understand their legal options and, in some cases, may be able to help them pursue compensation for their injuries.

Privacy Policy | Law Firm Marketing by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.