Medication Errors Often Go Unnoticed

According to a recent Reuters report, “Patients Rarely Told About Medication Errors: Study,” frequent medication errors occur in hospital settings, and patients are often unaware of these errors.

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Key points from the article:

  • Medication errors from over 500 hospitals were studied.
  • Approximately 840,000 errors were reported over a 6-year period.
  • The most common type of error was that of neglecting to administer medications to patients.
  • The most serious errors were dosage mistakes and problems with intravenous (IV) lines.
  • Errors were rarely reported to family members.
  • Hospital staff reported more mistakes within the confines of a blame-free system.

The article states that most of these errors occur in the ICU and that 98% of the errors failed to result in harm to the patients.

Reference: 
Seaman, Andrew.  “Patients Rarely Told About Medication Errors: Study.” Reuters.  January 14, 2013.  Website.  Retrieved January 30, 2013.



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2 replies

  1. Thank goodness that it seems that most errors doesn’t seem to cause significant damage to the patient, but even if there is a 2% chance of negative outcomes- that is 2% too much when it involves the life of a patient being potentially lost.

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