What are Some of the Most Common GP Errors?

What are Some of the Most Common GP Errors: There are few professionals that are as trusted as GPs. In such an important role, you will always want to make sure that you are giving the best advice and treatment, but mistakes do happen and these can be costly both for the patient and your career. Prescribing errors are the most common and research found that 8.9 errors per 100 medicine orders have been observed, so it is important to be aware of errors and do what you can to avoid them.

Communication Breakdown

Often, GP errors are a result of a communication problem between the doctor and the patient. This is why it is so important for GPs to make sure that they are communicating effectively and to work on their communication skills if needed. Additionally, you should always provide information in writing so that people are able to remind themselves at home.

So, what are a few of the more common GP errors?

Prescribing to Someone With a Known Allergy

A common and potentially dangerous mistake is prescribing a medication to someone with a known allergy. Patients cannot always provide accurate histories, which is why it is important to always check a patient’s medical records when prescribing to ensure that you are giving them a medication that they are not allergic to. 

Prescribing the Wrong Drug

Prescribing the wrong drug is another common problem and one that is easy to fix with more attention to detail. Usually, this occurs as a result of simply choosing the wrong drug on a dropdown menu on the computer or choosing the wrong route of administration. You can avoid this by taking your time and double-checking before sending the patient off.

Wrong Dosage

Similarly, the wrong dosage is another common and potentially dangerous mistake that is made – it can be particularly dangerous for children or elderly patients that may require a smaller dose. Again, attention to detail and double-checking is key here.

Lack of Monitoring

GPs have a heavy workload, but it is important that you do not forget about patient monitoring to ensure that they are responding to the medication and/or care correctly. GP negligence claims can arise if there has been an increase in patients, so it is important for GPs to make sure that every patient is getting the highest level of care not just in the doctor’s office (or online) but after their appointment as well. 

As a GP, you always want to provide the highest level of care and it is vital that you are aware of these mistakes and how to avoid them.

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