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A 91 year old woman received another patient’s prescribed morphine and drugs for 4 days when her name was put on the wrong drug chart. She was initially admitted to hospital with a chest infection where she became more confused and lethargic as she received the wrong medication and not her own. She died from complications of a respiratory infection and cardiac failure 2 weeks later, and the medication error was included as a factor in her death. The hospital has been investigated and several recommendations have been made regarding accurate documentation and medical staff training.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by “Scoop” Independent News
About: Hospital drug error caused 91 year olds’ death
Date: 3 November 2005
Source: “Scoop” Independent News
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