Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC
Receive the trusted counsel you deserve – contact us for a free consultation.
203-517-0456 or 866-554-1709

We Have Earned The Reputation As One of the Most Respected Personal Injury Litigation Firms In Connecticut

  • Super Lawyers | Connecticut and New England 2006-2014
  • Distinguished AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • NBTA | National Board of Trial Advocacy Est. 1977
  • CTLA | Board of Governors
  • Bar Register
Our Practice Areas

Study shows nurse practitioners help reduce medical errors

Connecticut nursing home residents sometimes have to go to the hospital. When they are discharged and return to the nursing home, it is common for medical mistakes to be made. A study shows that having a nurse practitioner visit with such patients within the first 48 hours that they are back in the nursing home may reduce medical errors.

In the study, nurse practitioners visited with patients in 515 nursing homes within 48 hours of their release from hospital stays. In more than half of the visits, the nurse practitioners identified care issues that they had to address. They found that 29 percent of the errors were caused by the discharging hospitals, 33 percent were caused by the nursing homes, and 32 percent were caused by doctors at the nursing homes.

The nurse practitioners and researchers found that 25 percent of medication errors were made with pain medications. Thirty percent of the non-medication problems that they identified were issues with follow-up care. The research was the first part of a larger study, and the researchers found that the nurse practitioners reduced hospitalizations caused by external factors by 21 percent.

In many cases, medication errors result from poor communication between the nursing home staff, the hospitals and the treating physicians. People might want to bring lists of all of their medications that they are taking along with them to the hospital. They might want to ask why medications are changed or why new ones are prescribed. They may want to ask the discharge staff at the hospital to write out a list of their current medications and dosages as well as clear reasons about why any were changed or discontinued. People who have been harmed by medication mistakes might want to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer to learn what recourse they may have.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email

Tooher Wocl & Leydon LLC is a law firm experienced in handling wrongful death, medical malpractice, auto accidents, fall down claims, nursing home negligence and abuse, car crash and motor vehicle collision lawsuits. The personal injury trial lawyers handle cases throughout Fairfield County. If you have been seriously injured in Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, or anywhere in Connecticut, please call one of our litigation attorneys at 203-517-0456, or email the firm to schedule a free consultation.

Tooher, Wocl & Leydon LLC | Personal Trial Lawyers

We maintain offices in the cities of Stamford and Bridgeport, and we represent clients throughout the state of Connecticut.

Stamford Office:

80 Fourth Street | Stamford, CT 06905 | Fax: 203-324-1407 | Map & Directions

Bridgeport Office:

1087 Broad Street | 4th Floor | Bridgeport, CT 06604 | Map & Directions

The sooner you arrange a free consultation with us, the sooner you will understand all of the options available to you. Contact us today to receive information and advice directly from our experienced attorneys.