Deadly Dose

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Deadly Dose

Millions of patients a year get wrong medication dosages at hospitals. Receiving the wrong dosage or the wrong medication in general can lead to serious issues or even result in death. Baby, Alyssa Shinn, was an example of this. Alyssa received an overdose of zinc after she was born 14 weeks too early. After being in the hospital for quite some time in neonatal intensive care, Alyssa was making progress and getting healthier day by day. When the Shinns arrived at the hospital the next day they found out that Alyssa was overdosed on zinc, the medication to help her metabolism. The lead pharmacist Pam Goff, accidentally entered in 330 milligrams to give to Alyssa, where she should have entered in 330 micrograms. Alyssa was prescribed 1,000 times more zinc then was supposed to be prescribed. Goff claims they were short staffed at the time, which can make things kind of hectic, but it wasn’t all Goff’s fault. Two other pharmacists failed to double check Goff’s work. The pharmacy technician who had filled the machine should have noticed that putting 48 vials of the medication should have been wrong or off. As well as the nurses who checked on Alyssa should have noticed the bag was bigger than normal and should have said something. Making sure all measurements are labeled properly is the one of the most important tasks one can have. People die everyday due to misdiagnoses, overdosing or under-dosing on medications, or just doctors and pharmacists not being thorough with their work. Anybody who administers any kind of medication should always double check their work before giving what was prescribed to the patient, short staffed or not. It can be someones life and even your career at…...

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