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How Common Are Medication Errors in San Diego Assisted Living Centers?

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.

According to 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.

As San Diego medical malpractice attorneys, the report is alarming, particularly given that patients in assisted living centers are some of the most vulnerable.