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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

Risk factors for i.v. compounding errors when using an automated workflow management system.

Deng Y, Lin AC, Hingl J, et al. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2016;73:887-93.

Mistakes during preparation of intravenous (IV) medications can lead to dosing errors and adverse drug events. Analyzing data collected over 12 months in a hospital's automated IV compounding workflow management system, this study found that IV compounding errors occurred in less than 1% of cases and were usually intercepted through the automated system. These results suggest that existing processes do support safe medication use.