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As we’ve explained in a past blog post, medical errors are the third-most common cause of death in the US, following only heart disease and cancer. Among the various types of medical errors that can result in serious injury are medication errors, which are estimated to cause approximately 7,000 deaths each year, as well as unknown costs in medical expenses and lost work to individual victims of these errors. Medication errors in hospitals involving what are known as “high-alert medications” are particularly likely to cause serious injury or even death to patients. Learn about which drugs are classified as high-alert medications, and contact an experienced Manhattan medical malpractice attorney for further assistance.
Medication errors can be serious regardless of the type of drug involved, due to the risks posed by drug interactions and the physical vulnerability of most hospital inpatients. However, high-alert medications are labeled as such in order to remind medical professionals that they should be on high alert when administering them. High-alert medications, sometimes known as HAMs, are divided into four categories:
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a medication error in New York, contact the knowledgeable, dedicated, and effective Manhattan medical error attorney Leandros A. Vrionedes for a consultation on your case at 212-889-9362, or in Queens at 718-777-5895.