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Medication Error

An error in prescribing, dispensing or administering of a drug, irrespective of whether such errors lead to adverse consequences or not.1,2,3,4,5
Parenteral medication errors are a serious safety problem in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and are recognized as a high priority health care issue.6,7,8 Errors have been shown to be associated with additional morbidity and mortality in an already critically ill patient. 9

The majority of medication errors do not occur in emergency situations but while performing routine clinical tasks. The source of these errors can lie at any stage of the process from the initial prescription of an infusion to its administration10. This is a complex process and can lead to a wide range of different errors.

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2 Cousins DH, Sabatier B, Begue D, Schmitt C, Hoppe-Tichy T 2005
3 Douglas JB, Hedrick C 2001
4 Friedman AL, Geoghegan SR et al. 2007
5 Williams DJP 2007
6 Calabrese AD, Erstad BL, Brandl K, Barletta JF, Kane SL, Sherman DS 2001
7 Rothschild JM, Landrigan CP, Cronin JW, Kaushal R, Lockley SW, Burdick E et al. 2005
8 Valentin A, Capuzzo M, Guidet B, Moreno RP, Dolanski L, Bauer P et al. 2006
9 Garrouste-Orgeas M, Timsit JF, Vesin A, Schwebel C, Arnodo P, Lefrant JY et al. 2010
10 Mc Dowell S, Mt-Isa S, Ashby D 2010