When someone seeks medical treatment in Illinois, they expect to be provided with the best care possible based on their condition. But medical errors, especially when related to improperly prescribed medications, can cause serious health issues both immediately and long term. Medical care providers are expected to know when it’s appropriate to use medications based on the patient’s individual needs. Unfortunately, blood thinners, and other medications, are often misused, which can cause health problems for the patient.
What happens when blood thinners are misused?
Blood thinners can save lives when they are used appropriately and are commonly prescribed to those suffering from deep vein thrombosis. Blood thinners, also called anticoagulants, may also be used to treat other conditions where blood clots are a risk factor. However, these medications can be harmful to those who suffer from certain conditions.
Medical care professionals should look at the patient’s entire medical history before prescribing a blood thinner. Those who suffer from stomach ulcers or are at risk of internal bleeding for other reasons may not be the ideal candidate for using blood thinners. These medications can also be risky for anyone who has uncontrolled high blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, or a low blood platelet count.
Help for victims of medical negligence
When a medical care provider fails to consider a patient’s medical history, and prescribes a medication that harms the patient, this could be considered medical negligence. Victims of medical negligence can suffer from short-term and long-term effects when given improper medication. Those who have been injured by a prescribed medication can better understand their rights by speaking with an Illinois attorney who has knowledge of the state’s medical negligence laws.