More than 40 percent of Florida’s nursing homes have been cited for problems related to medication errors in the past three years, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. The news agency found that for nearly a year, a patient at Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center received double the medication he was supposed to, as cited by a report written by state inspectors. And that wasn’t an isolated mistake. The nursing home has been cited two other times for medication mishaps, including giving one patient’s pills to someone else.
Errors like this happen too often in the Sunshine State’s nursing homes, and it’s putting residents at risk, said Brian Lee, director of Families for Better Care, a consumer watchdog group. In the past three years, 43 percent of Florida nursing homes have been cited for deficiencies directly or indirectly related to medication errors, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services data.
Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center was one of eight nursing homes in the state cited for serious medication errors that put residents in harm’s way over the past three years, according to Families for Better Care. One in three patients in skilled nursing homes suffer a medication error, infection or other type of harm, according to a February report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.
At Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center, a patient with high blood pressure, dementia, kidney disease and heart disease was given a beta blocker twice a day from January 2013 to November 2013 instead of once a day as prescribed by his doctor, according to a report from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Although the doctor had ordered the medication to be administered once a day, it was mistakenly entered by a nurse into the electronic medication administration record as twice a day, state inspectors found. A pharmacist consultant notified the nursing home of the discrepancy in September, but it wasn’t corrected until two months later, according to the report.
After being cited for that mistake in November, the nursing home received another deficiency for administering double the prescribed anti-seizure medication to a patient from Jan. 9 to Jan. 22, according to state records. In 2006, the nursing home had another incident in which it administered a regimen of medication to the wrong patient, records show.
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