Each year, 7,000 to 9,000 people die as a result of a medication errors in the US, and the total cost of looking after patients with medication-associated errors exceeds $40 billion. Alongside this financial cost, adverse events caused by medication errors also cause patients significant psychological and physical pain and suffering.
The article aims to:
- identify the most common medication errors.
- review some of the critical points at which medication errors are most likely to occur.
- outline strategies to prevent medication errors occurring.
- summarise multidisciplinary team strategies for decreasing medication errors.
Medication dispensing errors and prevention (3 July 2022) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK519065/
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