Written by attorney Mitchell Scott Sexner | Apr 17, 2010

Intravenous Mistakes and Medical Malpractice

A high percentage of hospitalized patients require the administration of medications intravenously during their stay. However, although the use of an IV is commonplace, it is not without risk, and errors do often occur due to the negligence of the medical staff. Depending on the nature of the error, the patient may suffer severe long-term effects, or in some circumstances, death.

Some of the common IV mistakes, whether involving preparation or administration of the medication, include:

  • Improper combination of medications administered
  • Administration of wrong solution or medication
  • Too much, too little, or wrong drug administered
  • Medication administered at wrong time
  • Medication injected improperly
  • IV valve or pump not working properly

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