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Journal Article

Reduction of medication errors related to sliding scale insulin by the introduction of a standardized order sheet.

Harada S, Suzuki A, Nishida S, et al. Journal of evaluation in clinical practice. 2017;23:582-585.

Insulin is known to be a high-risk medication. This pre–post study found that introduction of a standardized sliding scale insulin order led to decreased rates of insulin prescribing errors. However, the incidence of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia did not change. This study demonstrates how standardization can support patient safety.