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Systemic causes of in-hospital intravenous medication errors: a systematic review.

Kuitunen S, Niittynen I, Airaksinen M, et al. J Patient Saf. 2020.

Intravenous (IV) medication administration errors can cause severe patient harm. In this systematic review, researchers identified eleven studies characterizing the systemic causes of in-hospital IV medication errors. Systemic errors were identified most frequently during medication administration, prescribing and preparation, with common errors involving knowledge gaps, calculation errors, failure to double-check, and confusion between look-alike, sound-alike medications.  More research focused on IV medication safety is needed.