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Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series
A recently released report from the Institute of Medicine found that human error results in thousands of deaths each year from incorrectly prescribed medications. According to the report, hospital patients are likely to be given at least one incorrect prescription per day, an error that can cause serious injury or death.
The report suggests several different ways to prevent medication errors in the future, including increased doctorpatient communication. Technology also has the potential to reduce errors by standardizing drug and dosage administration throughout the healthcare process.
At least a quarter of all medicationrelated injuries are preventable. Many efficacious error prevention strategies are available especially for hospital care; examples are electronic prescribing and clinical decisionsupport systems that check dosages and monitor harmful drug interactions. This report provides guidance on how to implement error prevention strategies in hospitals, longterm care, and ambulatory care.
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