Examples of Medication Errors

May 1, 2011 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


As risk managers have long understood, medication errors can occur for many reasons. For example, the wrong dose or wrong form of a drug might be ordered, the drug might be administered to the wrong patient, a prescribed drug might be mistaken for another with a similar name or a similar label, or medications might be ordered and administered based on erroneous laboratory or other diagnostic data.

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