Say that you are out and about in Florida when disaster strikes. Should you have to go to the emergency room, you should be able to do so without worrying that medical professionals will hurt you rather than heal you. Educating yourself on the medication errors that commonly take place in the emergency room with help from U.S. News could save you a lot of trouble, maybe even your life.
Coordinate with a pharmacist
Being treated by doctors and nurses is all well and good, but if your medical emergency involves you taking medication, see what you can do about involving a pharmacist with your treatment. That way, there is less of a chance of you becoming a victim of a drug order mishap.
Keep a list of your current medications on you
Maybe a pre-existing health issue resulted in your visit to the ER, and perhaps you currently take medication for that issue. Do yourself a favor and write down all the prescriptions (and over-the-counter medications and supplements) and doses you currently take, ensuring you keep that list on your person at all times. That way, medical professionals know what they can and cannot give you and how much if you cannot communicate such information.
Verify your identity
While in the ER, double-check to ensure any medication you receive is for you. You may fit the physical description of another patient or have a similar last name and accidentally receive his or her medication.
Bring a friend
You may feel stressed about your health and being in a hospital, which can compromise your concentration and overall mental health. Consider bringing a friend or family member to the ER with you who can advocate on your behalf.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.