Patients deserve to be safe. When you go to the doctor and get a prescription, you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you got the right one or if it will interact with other medications you take. In fact, there is already a system in place to help make sure you don’t end up with the wrong medication. If you still do, then there was a breakdown in that safety system, and you may be in a position to seek compensation for your injuries.
Are medication errors reported often, so you can avoid going to the doctors or facilities that often cause patients harm? According to the Ohio Quality and Patient Safety website, the deregulation of facilities in the state since 1995 has led to a limit on reporting requirements. In Ohio, facilities are no longer regulated, except for long-term care facilities, so they are no longer subjected to the certificate-of-need requirements. Ohio also does not license hospitals, and only six kinds of facilities are qualified as health care facilities that must report errors when they take place.
If a medication error takes place at a hospital, for instance, Ohio has no reportable event program for hospitals to file the error with. These events are referenced as adverse events and incidents in the future, so it’s hard to track what the incidents were. Except for nursing homes, which must report errors, there is no real event reporting process in the state of Ohio, making it difficult for patients to learn about doctors and medical providers before they use their services.