My friends. How are you all this weekend? I hope everyone is doing wonderful. The weather over here (South Florida) is beautiful today! In the mid 70’s with a slight breeze. What more can you ask for on a Saturday afternoon?
Though I would love to talk to you all more about the weather and any weekend plans you have, I need to talk to you about something a bit more important to some. Mistakes!
People make mistakes. But when is a mistake too much?
No one is perfect. It is a known fact. And people make mistakes. It happens all the time. Everyday in fact. But when exactly is a mistake too much?
When someone ends up hurt? Or worse, dead? Well according to some people that is the too much.
That’s why medical professionals have malpractice insurance. So if they hurt you or kill you or a loved one they have some money to give you.
But really, what good is money if you’re dead?
When you are at work and someone is putting their lives in your hands and it is your job to guide them in right direction you need to pay attention to what you are doing. Check and double check your work and don’t give in to distractions. Remember that person that you are “guiding” is someone’s mom, dad, husband, wife, child, care for them as you would your own.
When you work at a pharmacy you have a very important role. To dispense medication to your patients. With so many different medications on the market and so many shapes, sizes, and colors, of the pills, mistakes can easily happen. That is why they have so many precautions while handling the pills. Count and recount, scan and rescan, check and double check. Because let’s face it, if you give someone the wrong pill, they could die.
But, that is not where your concerns and attentions should stop. Actually they should never stop but that is besides the point. Your concerns and attentions should stop when your patients have their right medications when walking out the door. Not someone else’s medicine or a different one than what was prescribed. Because as a patient at your establishment I am choosing you to take care of me. I am trusting you basically with my life. Trusting you to give me the medication my doctor prescribed me.
Yesterday at the pharmacy!
My husband went to the pharmacy down the street to pick up his medications like he has every month for the past 9 years! He goes to the window and they hand him 2 bags each with a bottle of pills, totally normal as he picks up 2 every month. He sticks them in the grocery cart and we grab some groceries and pay at the register and la di da on home. 5 hours later right before bed I grab the 2 bags with his medications take them out of the bags to bring into the bedroom for my husband. As I am walking down the hall I looked at the pill bottles and noticed something was different. The name on the bottle is not my husbands. The medication inside the bottle is not my husbands. OMG.
They gave him the wrong one.
They gave him high blood pressure medication. To a person who doesn’t have high blood pressure. A person who works outside in the heat all day. A person who could have passed out or possibly died if he would have taken the medication. The medication handed to him from the person he trusted to guide him. The staff at our local pharmacy!
So when is a mistake too much?
A mistake like this could have been avoided had the pharmacy staff checked they were handing the correct medicine.
A mistake is too much before it becomes a mistake!
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When do you think a mistake is too much?
Has anything like this happened to you?
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