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Comparison of medication safety systems in critical access hospitals: combined analysis of two studies.

Cochran GL, Barrett RS, Horn SD. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2016;73:1167-73.

Medication errors are a well-recognized source of preventable patient harm and result from mistakes made during medication prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, and administration processes. This study looked at the impact of several factors on reducing medication errors in critical access hospitals. Investigators found that dispensing by an onsite pharmacist and the use of barcode technology for administration were both associated with a statistically significant reduction in medication errors.