Friday, October 06, 2006

There for but the Grace of God go I

As a practicing retail pharmacist of 23 years, I always hate to read a story about a child being hurt by being given the wrong medication.

"SAN ANTONIO -- Rhiannon Garza knew something was wrong when she noticed the name of the drug on a bottle was different from what a doctor had written on a prescription script.

Garza then called a Walgreen's in the Medical Center, where she had the prescription filled, to double check whether the antibiotic for her 9-month-old son was correct.

"He gave us the OK, so I trusted his judgement," Garza said in an interview with KSAT 12 News."

This is the worst thing you can do. You've made a mistake, the patient asks you about it, and you blow them off!

"Garza said that the pharmacist never called her to apologize, and in the future, she's getting her prescriptions filled at a different pharmacy."

Not saying you're sorry really pisses people off.

As are most mistakes of this type, it was a systems error. Not enough checks in place, or something happened to put stress on the system. No pharmacist gets up in the morning and thinks, hey, I think I'll try to poison a 3 year old today. Now, I've made my share of errors in 23 years, but thank God all minor, and no one has been adversly affected. And my personal policy is that when I fill a prescription for a child, it's FULL STOP, check it again and once again. It's a really tough and demanding job, because everytime I pick up a bottle of pills, I could kill somebody.

Now that's responsability, but it's my life's work!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

No Way to Treat a Wounded Warrior

In Britian it seems that soldiers wounded on the battlefield are sent home, but put in a regular hospital! The Telegraph reported an incident in which an angry Muslim verbally accousted a paratrooper just back from Afganistan and wounded in bed! The article states:

A paratrooper wounded in Afghanistan was threatened by a Muslim visitor to the British hospital where he is recovering.

Seriously wounded soldiers have complained that they are worried about their safety after being left on wards that are open to the public at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham.

On one occasion a member of the Parachute Regiment, still dressed in his combat uniform after being evacuated from Afghanistan, was accosted by a Muslim over the British involvement in the country.

"You have been killing my Muslim brothers in Afghanistan," the man said during a tirade.

An officer in their military states, "It also does not do morale much good knowing that within 18 hours of being wounded you could wake up in a NHS hospital with a mental health patient on one side and an incontinent geriatric on the other."

I think the Blair government, as good an ally as it has been to us in the War on Terror, has much to answer for if this is how they treat their battlefield wounded.