People make mistakes. But when is a mistake too much?

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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.

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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?

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Pay Attention

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.

Pharmacy Mis-haps

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.

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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!

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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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  • Teachingan OldCook

    Unfortunately, I’ve seen many mistakes. I worked in the insurance field over 25 years. Doctors are rushed, hospitals are understaffed, people are overworked, tired, and distracted constantly by other employees, patients, doctors and staff. While they should be more diligent, I agree, I also believe the public must not put all their trust in others. They too must be diligent and check and recheck themselves.

  • Jaime Nicole

    Mistakes happen. My pharmacist has made mistakes before as well. But as a professional, I know that no one is perfect. I make mistakes in my profession – but I know I try my best.

  • Candy Kage

    Thank goodness I have never had this happen to me or m husband. I can imagine your shock upon finding out they gave you someone else medicine. Hope you received you medicine for free when you went back.

  • My understanding is, this isn’t uncommon unfortunately. There does need to be better quality checks in place. I always check the name on my prescriptions when I pick them up. It happened to me once, but as I’ve been the type to verify anything before leaving a place, I was able to catch it before the clerk even rang me up in the register.

    • I am normally one that catches stuff like that, and I am sure if I were the one to pick it up i would of but unfortunately things happen 🙁

  • David Elliott

    Yeah pharmacy and doctors mistakes are costly since they are messing around with your life and health. I think that’s the thing that makes me feel badly about the whole profession. I have seen them make such costly mistakes and practically kill someone in the process. And that’s not right.

  • This is one of those mistakes that I think shouldn’t ever happen, this is why I won’t get my prescription mailed to me because its not like I can take it back if they mail me something that’s not mine. Obviously doctors need to be held at a higher standard than any other jobs, especially when lives are at stake.

  • Chloe

    This is really scary! Unfortunately it does happen more often then what we think. When I was in hospital with my new born I saw them make mistakes- even write down the wrong times of when she was fed just so that they could go on their breaks earlier. As she only 4 pounds, feeding times were incredibly important. It’s hard to remember “they are only people too” when it is your loved ones life on the line.

  • Danik Bates

    If that happened to me, I wanna slap someone (but doubt it as I never have done, I just bite my tongue and get on with the day). But doctor staffing levels need to be addressed.

  • Wow. I always imagine that could happen easily, I can’t believe it happened to you! Imagine if they labeled something wrong! You would never be able to tell!

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    I have seen many mistakes and know it can happen but this is like a mistake that just shouldn’t happen, ever.

  • Kathy Ramsey Myers

    I always check, everything! I know people and myself make mistakes I take nothing for granted!

  • Tweet E

    A mistake is too much when it was done due to carelessness. Or when it happens more than once after you know better. Let’s be honest, no one is perfect. EVERYONE makes mistakes:-)

  • I hope he was okay after this! I would never wanted to be given the wrong drugs – even in a life threatening situation.

  • Debra Hawkins

    Have you read Complications by Atul Gawande? It focuses a lot on these mistakes and it is an absolutely fantastic read! The mistake at your pharmacy could have been costly!

    • No, I have never heard of the book but I am going to look into it. It could have been a disaster at many levels…

  • rika agustini

    I’ve seen too many mistakes. A pharmacist gave me 2 strong medications and didn’t tell me to use only 1, I almost overdosed.

    • omg thats horrible! I am so happy you are ok! SMH this stuff needs to stop!

  • Tiffany Cutcliff

    Wow- this is a scary thought! Thanks for posting this. I suppose mistakes can happen, but hopefully these are rare.

    • Tiffany, I wish i could say they are rare but the amount of feedback and replies I have gotten about this and similar situations its enough to make sure I double triple and quadruple check everything !

  • Shannon LeMmon

    My husband was overdosed on some medication and became dangerously ill. We tried to find out where the mistake was made- pharmacy or doctor so we could change one. They were too worried about a lawsuit, so we changed both.
    Glad your husband is okay.

  • My daughter has run into unfortunate mishaps with medications too. One nurse in we hospital tried to feed her the pills she had just thrown in the trash! Luckily she noticed and refused them.