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Program lowers medication errors

Pennsylvania patients might benefit from a medication safety program that lowers the occurrence of mistakes in the administration of medicine. The program, which was implemented at Boston Children's Hospital to assess and react to medication errors, produced substantial improvements. Researchers at the hospital examined drug administration errors that occurred from 2008 through 2016. The data was retrieved from manually reviewing charts and from compulsory error reports that were included in anesthesia records. The medication errors were categorized by their severity, type and the frequency by which they occurred. Also examined by the research term were the reasons the errors occurred. They then created a tailored program to reduce the errors.

Nearly 290,000 cases were assessed. Of the 105 medication errors that were detected, 55.2 percent were incorrect doses, and 27.6 percent were wrong medications. There was an annual reduction of medication error rates at the hospital after the medication safety program was started. There are presently 35 clinicians on the committee for the Perioperative Systems Improvement Program. For each event, three anesthesiologists conduct reviews that involve examining medical records and conducting interview of involved parties. The committee will then recommend ways to improve the administering of medicine.

Errors were originally made by fellows, attendants and residents. After the program was implemented, the only medication errors that have taken place were performed by residents, which indicates that the education was effective. The co-author of the study also noted that the reduction in errors was consistent.

Victims of medical negligence often see their condition worsened. They might find it advisable to meet with a medical malpractice attorney and learn about their legal options.

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