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Medication errors in sick children may be higher than previously thought
The level of medication errors in sick children might be substantially higher than previously estimated, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-12-02)

Medication errors in critical care: Risk factors and prevention
Medication errors account for 78 percent of serious medical errors in the intensive care unit but there are strategies that can help reduce errors and improve patient safety, write a team of Calgary researchers in an article in CMAJ. (2009-04-27)

New medics in death spike
Are new medical residents a threat to patients? According to Dr. David Phillips and Gwendolyn Barker from the University of California, San Diego, in the US, fatal medication errors peak in July in teaching hospitals in particular, which coincides with the yearly influx of new medical residents who are given increased responsibility for patient care. Their findings are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. (2010-06-02)

New docs linked to death spike in July
UC San Diego study suggests inexperienced medical residents make fatal medication errors. (2010-06-02)

Deaths from combining Rx drugs, street drugs and/or alcohol skyrocket by more than 3,000 percent
Asking patients to monitor their own medications can be fatal, as exemplified by the recent death of actor Heath Ledger. (2008-07-28)

U of M researchers assess effectiveness of computerized physician order entry system
The incidence of medication errors can be reduced by implementing a computerized physician order entry system, according to a review of several studies conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. (2007-06-27)

Medication errors affect children's leukemia treatment
Almost one in five children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) does not receive the appropriate chemotherapy regimen due to medication errors, according to a new study. (2006-08-14)

Study examines nature and prevalence of errors in patient care
A University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study provides the first detailed description of the nature and prevalence of errors by hospital staff nurses. During a 28-day period, journals kept by 393 registered nurses revealed that 30 percent of the nurses reported at least one error and 33 percent reported at least one near-error. According to the researchers, the errors frequently stem from the complex and distracting nature of the hospital work environment. (2004-11-19)

Most pediatric chemotherapy mistakes reach patients
The vast majority of chemotherapy errors identified in children reach patients, according to one of the first epidemiological studies of cancer drug errors in children. (2007-05-25)

Tech-check-tech
Regulation set to take effect tomorrow, Jan. 5, 2007, is designed to reduce medication errors in California hospitals and free pharmacists for greater involvement in direct patient care rather than in non-discretionary (clerical) tasks. The new regulation will allow general acute-care hospitals to employ specially trained pharmacy technicians to check medication cassettes and the work of other technicians, thereby freeing pharmacists to expand their role in patient care areas to ensure the safety of the medication use process. (2007-01-04)

Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member explores medication errors
Rutgers College of Nursing faculty member Linda Flynn is conducting a study to explore the effects of nurse staffing, work environment and safety technology on the frequency of nonintercepted medication errors in 17 New Jersey hospitals. (2007-08-14)

Digital processing system avoids 17.4 million drug errors in US in 1 year
Processing a prescription through an electronic ordering system can halve the likelihood of a drug error, and avert more than 17 million such incidents in US hospitals in one year alone, indicates research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. (2013-02-20)

What impact do medication errors have on nursing home residents?
A new analysis points to surprisingly low rates of serious impacts from medication errors affecting nursing home residents, despite the fact that these errors remain fairly common. The investigators noted that it's unclear whether medication errors resulting in serious outcomes are truly infrequent or are under-reported due to the difficulty in ascertaining them. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2016-11-21)

Physicians click their way to better prescriptions
Is it time for all community-based doctors to turn to e-prescribing to cut down on the number of medication errors? According to Rainu Kaushal and colleagues from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, electronic prescriptions can dramatically reduce prescribing errors -- up to seven-fold. Their study of the benefits of e-prescribing in primary care practices appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. (2010-03-10)

Outpatient electronic prescribing systems don't cut out common mistakes
Outpatient electronic prescribing systems don't cut out the common mistakes made in manual systems, suggests research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. (2011-06-29)

Errors occur in half of intravenous drug doses
Errors in preparing and administering intravenous drugs remain a concern in the United Kingdom, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-27)

Outpatient medication errors common, difficult to detect among transplant patients
Medication errors appear to be common, often hidden and associated with adverse events among patients receiving outpatient care after an organ transplant, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The health care system is involved with nearly one-third of these errors. (2007-03-19)

New study sheds light on medication administration errors leading to death -- omission is a common cause
Medication administration errors leading to death are common with anticoagulants and antibiotics in particular, according to a new study that analyzed incidents reported in England and Wales. The most common error category was omitted medicine, followed by a wrong dose or a wrong strength. In half of the reported incidents, the patient was aged over 75. (2018-12-04)

Reducing the risk of medication errors: Announcing the Penn Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice
A $7 million grant from the AHRQ enables The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center to open the Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice. The center's mission will be to examine medication errors and address practical ways to prevent their often-fatal effects. (2001-10-17)

In-house pharmacists can help GPs reduce prescribing errors by up to 50 percent
Medication errors are common in primary care but the number of mistakes could be reduced significantly if GPs introduced an in-house pharmacist-led intervention scheme. (2012-02-20)

Acetaminophen overdoses in children can be life-threatening but are avoidable
Acetaminophen, a widely available over-the-counter medication, can cause liver toxicity in children if doses are exceeded, and more public education is needed to warn of potential adverse effects, states an article published in CMAJ. (2012-06-04)

Interruptions associated with medication errors by nurses
Nurses who are interrupted while administering medication appear to have an increased risk of making medication errors, according to a report in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-04-26)

Computerized prescriber order entry systems may have limited impact on patient harm
Computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) systems decrease medication error, but they may not decrease patient harm due to medication error, according to the results of a study conducted at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and published this week in Archives of Internal Medicine. (2004-04-12)

Electronic prescribing systems boost efficiency, may lead to improved quality of care
New research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicates that the adoption of electronic prescribing systems may allow for greater efficiency at hospitals, which could result in long-term cost savings and improved quality of care. (2009-05-04)

Computerized systems reduce psychiatric drug errors
Coupling an electronic prescription drug ordering system with a computerized method for reporting adverse events can dramatically reduce the number of medication errors in a hospital's psychiatric unit, suggests new Johns Hopkins research. (2011-03-21)

Computer prescribing systems risk patient safety
Computer prescribing systems are putting patients at risk by failing to warn of potentially serious errors, according to research in this week's BMJ. (2004-05-13)

Hospitalized HIV patients benefit from seeing infectious diseases specialists
When patients with HIV are hospitalized for other conditions, such as a heart problem, surgery or complications of diabetes, mistakes are often made involving their complicated anti-retroviral therapy regimens. But those errors are more than twice as likely to be corrected when patients are seen by an infectious diseases physician, suggests a Cleveland Clinic study being presented at IDWeek 2013™ today. (2013-10-03)

USP releases fourth annual report on medication errors in U.S. hospitals
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) today released its fourth annual national report summarizing the most recent data collected by MEDMARX, the anonymous national medication error reporting database operated by USP. Among the highlights: more than one-third of hospital medication errors that reach the patient involve seniors--showing they continue to be a vulnerable population in U.S. health care facilities. (2003-11-18)

Wrong dose of heart meds too frequent in children
Infants and young children treated with heart drugs get the wrong dose or end up on the wrong end of medication errors more often than older children, according to research led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center to be published July 6 in Pediatrics. (2009-07-07)

Electronic tool helps reduce drug errors among hospitalized children
When children are admitted to the hospital, sometimes the medications they take at home are lost in the shuffle, or they may be given the wrong dose. Having a system in place at hospital admission to record and review a child's medication history results in fewer errors, potentially avoiding harm to the patient, according to a study to be presented Monday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (2014-05-05)

Medication dosing errors for infants and children
Preparing small doses of medication from syringes may be inaccurate and can result in crucial dosing errors for infants and children, according to a study published in CMAJ. (2011-01-24)

Skilled workers more prone to mistakes when interrupted
Expertise is clearly beneficial in the workplace, yet highly trained workers in some occupations could actually be at risk for making errors when interrupted, indicates a new study by two Michigan State University psychology researchers. (2017-03-17)

Preventing physician medication mix-ups by reporting them
The most frequent contributors to medication errors and adverse drug events in busy primary care practice offices are communication problems and lack of knowledge, according to a study of a prototype web-based medication error and adverse drug event reporting system. The study has created the largest database of medication errors in primary care. (2010-12-03)

Errors involving medications common in outpatient cancer treatment
Seven percent of adults and 19 percent of children taking chemotherapy drugs in outpatient clinics or at home were given the wrong dose or experienced other mistakes involving their medications, according to a new study led by Kathleen E. Walsh, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and published in the Jan. 1, 2009, issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. (2008-12-30)

New statement proposes ways to stop deadly drug errors among heart, stroke patients
Better educating physicians, using computers to order drugs and improving the system for policing inappropriate medication use can help reduce potentially deadly errors among cardiovascular patients. (2002-11-11)

Chemotherapy errors rare, but have potential for serious consequences
About one out of 30 chemotherapy orders at three ambulatory infusion clinics had errors, and one in 50 orders had a serious error, according to a new study. The study, performed at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, found most but not all errors were detected before they reached the patient. None was life-threatening or caused patient harm. Still, an accompanying editorial says the study underscores the need to implement safer controls of drug ordering and dispensing at chemotherapy infusion clinics. (2005-10-24)

Medication errors common at the time of hospital admission
Medication errors are common at the time of hospital admission and some have the potential to be harmful, according to the February 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2005-02-28)

Bridge Medical experts speak at Atlanta pharmacy conference
Medication safety expert Susanne Larrabee, RPh will share her experiences in using barcode technology to protect patients from medication errors at the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Midyear Clinical Meeting next week in Atlanta. (2002-12-03)

Study highlights lack of patient knowledge regarding hospital medications
In a new study to asses patient awareness of medications prescribed during a hospital visit, 44 percent of patients believed they were receiving a medication they were not, and 96 percent were unable to recall the name of at least one medication that they had been prescribed during hospitalization. These findings are published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. (2009-12-10)

Poorly coordinated care doubled risk of drug and medical errors in 7 countries
Poorly coordinated care increases the likelihood of medication and medical errors by up to 200% and cost-related barriers increase the likelihood by up to 160 percent. Being hospitalized, having multiple chronic conditions and making greater use of health care services were also associated with the risk of errors. Research covered nearly 12,000 patients from seven countries. (2011-06-20)

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