Medication errors

Risk management in action. Read about malpractice claims and case studies alleging medication errors, including improper prescribing and overmedicating.

  • Ordering incorrect dose of corticosteroid

    Ordering incorrect dose of corticosteroid

    A 50-year-old man was referred to a nephrologist for renal insufficiency. The patient's history included ankylosing spondylitis and scleroderma.

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    Case closed: Improper prescribing

    In this edition of Case Closed, a video series that explores real TMLT medical malpractice cases, errors made by both a physician and pharmacy led to a patient receiving an improper prescription.

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  • Reporter 2019 Cardiology

    Reporter 2019 Cardiology

    Failure to diagnose heart disease and improper prescribing; Guidelines for the release of medical records

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  • Overprescribing pain medication

    Overprescribing pain medication

    This is an actual TMLT medical malpractice case. It involves a family physician and a patient prescribed to pain medication. This presentation illustrates how action or inaction on the part of the phy

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  • Reporter 2019 Anesthesiology

    Reporter 2019 Anesthesiology

    Negligently prescribing pain medication; Guidelines for the release of medical records

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  • Reporter 2019 Emergency Medicine

    Reporter 2019 Emergency Medicine

    Failure to properly assess and manage patient's medications; Guidelines for the release of medical records

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  • Failure to monitor warfarin levels

    Failure to monitor warfarin levels

    A 70-year-old woman with a history of diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension was taken to Hospital A, due to severe aortic stenosis.

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  • Failure to properly manage warfarin dose

    Failure to properly manage warfarin dose

    An 89-year-old woman suffered a fractured right femur requiring surgical repair. She had a complicated history and comorbidities.

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  • Overprescribing NSAIDs

    Overprescribing NSAIDs

    A 50-year-old man came to the emergency department (ED) of a large medical center with symptoms that suggested cellulitis. He had a fever of 102.4 degrees, and his blood pressure was 163/92 mm Hg.

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  • Reporter Quarter 2 2019

    Reporter Quarter 2 2019

    From difficult to dangerous: How to handle disruptive patients; How to address ethical misconduct by a colleague or staff member; Improper performance of breast biopsy; Improper prescribing

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  • Reporter Quarter 3 2018

    Reporter Quarter 3 2018

    CME - Human Trafficking; Communicating with millennials; Wernicke's encephalopathy: Failure to monitor thiamine levels; Failure to obtain consent for esophageal dilation; TMLT Board Election 2019

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  • Failure to monitor patient’s postoperative INR

    A 54-year-old woman came to an orthopedic surgeon with complaints of chronic bilateral hip pain lasting for 30 years.

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  • Failure to discontinue medication

    A 34-year-old woman came to an ob-gyn for prenatal care on May 25. This was the patient’s fifth pregnancy.

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  • 10 Things that Get Physicians Sued

    10 Things that Get Physicians Sued

    This publication will describe 10 common errors that can increase the risk of a malpractice suit, and offer risk management techniques to address these issues.

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  • Failure to restart anticoagulants

    A 66-year-old man came to an internal medicine physician with a complaint of shuffling gait. He had a complex medical history, including a history of stroke.

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  • Ordering improper medication

    A 40-year-old man with a history of a Grade 4 gliosarcoma underwent a left parietal craniotomy at Hospital A.

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  • Failure to manage medications

    In December 2008, a 76-year-old woman came to an internist to establish a primary care relationship and to seek treatment for itching.

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  • Failure to prescribe correct medication dosage

    On June 1, a 37-year-old man with complaints of a two-week history of progressively worsening dizziness and unsteady gait came to the ED of a large hospital.

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  • Negligence in prescribing bowel prep medications

    On June 23, a 71-year-old woman came to a gastroenterologist for evaluation of polyps. The patient had no constipation, but reported right lower quadrant pain.

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  • The Reporter Quarter 3 2017

    The Reporter Quarter 3 2017

    Preparing for a deposition; Prescribing issues: Opioids and off-label medications (CME); Overprescribing NSAIDS; Failure to diagnose; Failure to correctly prescribe and instruct in taking medication

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