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