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Hospital shows short videos to make medication errors real

Medication can be pivotal in treating a medical condition. It can even be life-saving. For this reason, pharmaceutical drugs are often prescribed to patients and administered in hospitals. However, while these medicines can be quite helpful, they can also be extremely dangerous. If a patient is given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, then he or she could suffer serious harm including a worsened medical condition or death.

One hospital and medical consultant think they have found a way to reduce the number of medication errors. Together, they have produced short videos portraying real accounts of medication errors and the factors that contribute to such mistakes. The videos come after a survey found that errors were not widely known throughout the hospital. The videos, which are shown at staff meetings and are posted on the hospital's intranet, have proved extremely helpful to many of the hospital's leaders in presenting medication safety information. Many believe the long-lasting effects of personal stories are the driving factors behind the videos' success.

While showing medical professionals real accounts of the damage caused by medical errors is novel and probably helpful, it stops well short of stopping the occurrence of medication errors. As these tragic, easily preventable errors continue to harm patients, they should know what they can do in an attempt to hold negligent medical professionals accountable and recover their damages.

The best route to attain these goals is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. In Miami, an attorney with years of experience can sit with an injured individual and provide competent legal advice. The lawyer may suggest negotiating a settlement with the hospital or moving forward with a lawsuit. In either instance, the attorney will be by the victim's side to provide sound legal arguments that support the victim's best interests. If the arguments are successful, then the victim may recover compensation for his or her damages and rest easy knowing the medical professional who harmed them was punished.

Source: OutpatientSurgery.net, "A Novel Way to Prevent Medication Errors," Daniel Cook, Jan. 20, 2014

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