Overmedication

Overmedication Of Maryland Nursing Home Residents

In Maryland nursing homes it is expected that your loved ones will be cared for and that they will not be neglected, abused or assaulted. You anticipate that they will be happy and well cared for just as the pamphlets show. You also enter into a legally binding agreement with the nursing home outlining the care your loved one will receive. While that is usually what happens they can also be abused in various ways. One common form of nursing home, assisted living home or elder abuse is overmedication or using medication as a means to over-sedate. Overmedicating can be an accident or intentional. Regardless of how it happened your loved one can suffer serious injury or death. If your loved one has been the victim of overmedicating you should speak with a Maryland nursing home abuse attorney.

Please contact our Baltimore nursing home injury attorneys to discuss your rights as your loved ones injuries may entitle you to benefits and compensation. You can email our Maryland Nursing Home Injury Lawyers by clicking here. With many years experience handling nursing home injury claim in Maryland he is a skilled Maryland Trial Attorney. He has a long standing history of securing his clients very favorable settlements and verdicts for their pain, suffering and injuries.

Reasons For Overmedication In Nursing Homes

Often times a nursing home physician, nurse or staff member is not properly trained or educated to care for the elderly. Some medications are fine for young, healthy adults but not the elderly. This can be due to decreased organ function and the drugs not being properly metabolized by the body. If an elderly person, particularly one with declining kidney and liver function, is given an incorrect dosage of medicine there can be very dire consequences.

In other situations nursing home staff may intentionally overmedicate a patient as a means of chemically restraining them. This can often be seen with patients who have a history of tantrums, dementia and wandering off. Intentional overmedication of residents is a very serious form of elder abuse and warrants the help of a skilled Maryland Elder Law Attorney.

Medications Commonly Used To Overmedicate And Over-sedate Nursing Home Residents

Benadryl (antihistamine)

Sudafed (antihistamine)

Valium (anti-anxiety)

Xanax (anti-anxiety)

Demerol (painkiller)

Morphine (painkiller)

Percocet (painkiller)

Vicodin (painkiller)

Digoxin (anti-arrhythmic)

Phenergan (anti-emetic)

Tylenol (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory)

Various anti-depressants

A variety of painkillers, antihistimines and anti-anxiety drugs can cause overmedication

Signs Of Overmedication In The Elderly

The type of drug administered usually dictates what side effects will be exhibited. Common side effects and adverse reactions due to overmedication and over-sedating are agitation, confusion, slurred speech, altered pupils and dizziness. In severe cases seizures, chemical dependence and death may result.

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