Dangers of Overmedicating and Under-medicating Nursing Home Residents
Many nursing home residents require the use of pharmaceutical drugs to regulate physical and mental ailments, and it’s the responsibility of nursing home staff to ensure that these medications are administered properly and safely. Sadly, though, sometimes negligence among staff members allows the overmedication or under-medication of a nursing home resident. This mistake can have devastating consequences for the resident, including even life-threatening conditions.
How Nursing Home Residents Can Be Affected by Improper Medication Levels
Medical prescriptions are measured out by a practitioner who has years of skill and experience in handling such matters. When medication is not administered correctly, the side effects on a patient can be traumatic. Overmedication or under-medication might even lead to:
- Stomach upset / vomiting / diarrhea
- Exacerbated symptoms
- Disturbances in the mind / hallucinations
- Drug overdose
In the worst of circumstances, giving a nursing home resident too much or too little of a medication can result in their untimely death. When this is the case, the nursing home staff that acted carelessly should be held accountable for the undue harm and suffering their actions (or lack thereof) have had.
Discuss Nursing Home Abuse and Medication Errors with a Nashville Attorney
If your loved one has suffered in a nursing home due to overmedication or under-medication, then you could be due financial compensation from the nursing home. Our attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP have helped many families in Nashville get the justice and compensation they need in such situations and may be able to help you. Call us at 615-277-2765 to learn more.