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Journal Article

Misreading injectable medications—causes and solutions: an integrative literature review.

Borradale H, Andersen P, Wallis M, et al. J Patient Saf. 2020.

In this integrative literature review, the authors discuss the evidence on how misreading injectable medications can contribute to medication errors and whether interventions to increase the readability of these medications can reduce errors. The review identified three factors – environmental light levels, medication labels, and clinician factors – that may contribute to misleading injectable medications; however the literature did not provide definitive conclusions on intervention effectiveness.