Medication errors, such as administering the wrong prescription, dispensing
the incorrect dosage, and failing to detect adverse side effects, are
some of the most common medical mistakes. While they can occur in any
San Diego healthcare setting, a new report reveals that they are particularly
prevalent in assisted living centers.
The report, prepared by U-T Watchdog and the CHCF Center for Health Reporting
at the University of Southern California, uncovered at least 80 instances
where assisted living centers neglected serious medical issues, administered
incorrect medications, or otherwise failed to provide proper medical care.
Even more concerning, the investigation revealed 27 deaths from injuries
and neglect at facilities located in San Diego County.
UT-San Diego, “Regulators discovered four separate medication errors during a
visit to a home in Oceanside, including one case in which a resident was
given four times the prescribed amount. The home was fined $150, the maximum
allowed by state law.”
In another incident, a La Jolla patient required treatment in the emergency
room after being given a medication intended for another resident. The
temporary caseworker administering the drug identified the recipient by
his first name only.
San Diego medical malpractice attorneys, the report is alarming, particularly given that patients in assisted
living centers are some of the most vulnerable.