Journal Article

Frequency of and risk factors for medication errors by pharmacists during order verification in a tertiary care medical center.

Gorbach C, Blanton L, Lukawski BA, et al. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2015;72:1471-4.

A key patient safety role of pharmacists involves verifying orders placed by clinicians for accuracy and completeness. This retrospective study from an academic medical center found that pharmacists were more likely to commit errors in the verification process when they had to review more than 400 orders in one 8-hour shift or if they were working the evening shift (compared to the day or night shift).