Contemporary View of Medication-Related Harm. A New Paradigm.

National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention; NCCMERP.

Medication errors are a common factor in health care–associated harm. Lack of clarity on types of medication-related incidents has the potential to create confusion and hinder improvement efforts. This tool provides a decision tree to distinguish whether an incident is an adverse drug reaction, adverse drug event, or medication error and determine if it was preventable.