Medication Misadventures (On-Demand)

$129.00

Medication errors and adverse drug reactions occur nearly every day and despite their dangers, they are not always apparent or documented. The scenario of a patient starting a new drug and developing well-known side effects is the most straightforward adverse drug-related scenario; however, it is not the one we hear about most often. There are some scenarios to be aware of that should send up a red flag that harm may resulted due to a medication. For attorneys, there are several questions to explore and medical resources to browse when reviewing the details of a possible medication-related case. Attorneys can do their own investigation before considering a consult with a medical expert.

This one-hour presentation will cover:

  • Types of medication errors.
  • Scenarios surrounding medication misadventures leading to patient harm (eg, the patient was given too much of a medication, there were drug-drug or drug-disease state interactions, wrong drug was given, or a drug was inappropriately discontinued).
  • Red flags that there may have been an adverse drug reaction (eg, unclear reasons for drug levels being drawn, antidote(s) given to a patient, new symptoms following the start of a new medication)
  • The undocumented medication error or adverse event. It may have gone unnoticed by the healthcare providers such as in the case of a patient’s medical condition clouding the picture of an adverse drug reaction. Or it was noticed, but due to fear of blame, the healthcare provider did not document the event in the record. How can you uncover the facts?
  • Some practical resources attorneys can consult for information on medications (these are medical-related but written for the non-physician audience)
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Event Details

Course Type

Original Date Of Course

Course Instructor

Allison A. Muller, PharmD, D.ABAT, FAACT

Substance Abuse Credits

1

Course Description

Medication errors and adverse drug reactions occur nearly every day and despite their dangers, they are not always apparent or documented. The scenario of a patient starting a new drug and developing well-known side effects is the most straightforward adverse drug-related scenario; however, it is not the one we hear about most often. There are some scenarios to be aware of that should send up a red flag that harm may resulted due to a medication. For attorneys, there are several questions to explore and medical resources to browse when reviewing the details of a possible medication-related case. Attorneys can do their own investigation before considering a consult with a medical expert.

This one-hour presentation will cover:

  • Types of medication errors.
  • Scenarios surrounding medication misadventures leading to patient harm (eg, the patient was given too much of a medication, there were drug-drug or drug-disease state interactions, wrong drug was given, or a drug was inappropriately discontinued).
  • Red flags that there may have been an adverse drug reaction (eg, unclear reasons for drug levels being drawn, antidote(s) given to a patient, new symptoms following the start of a new medication)
  • The undocumented medication error or adverse event. It may have gone unnoticed by the healthcare providers such as in the case of a patient’s medical condition clouding the picture of an adverse drug reaction. Or it was noticed, but due to fear of blame, the healthcare provider did not document the event in the record. How can you uncover the facts?
  • Some practical resources attorneys can consult for information on medications (these are medical-related but written for the non-physician audience)

Principles

  • “Red flags” in a medical record that may indicate a medication error or adverse event.
  • Drugs commonly associated with medication adverse events.
  • Tips on reviewing a medical chart.
  • Why certain patients are more prone to harm from medications.
  • Scenarios surrounding medication misadventures leading to patient harm.
  • Practical drug information resources for attorneys.

Syllabus

  1. Types of medication errors
  2. Tips on evaluating medical records (for defense and plaintiff cases)
  3. Red flags that there may have been an adverse drug reaction
  4. Types of patients at higher risk for medication harm

Instructor

Allison A. Muller, PharmD, D.ABAT, FAACT

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