Monday, 14 March 2016

Evaluation of perioperative medication errors and adverse drug events. Anesthesiology November 2015.

One in 20 perioperative medications given was an error. More than one third of the errors led to observed adverse events, and the remaining two thirds had the potential for harm. These rates are markedly higher than those reported by retrospective surveys. 

Specific solutions exist that have the potential to decrease the incidence of perioperative medication errors.

In summary: We give a lot of drugs and could do a better job of making sure we're doing it right.

MD

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