Comparison of medication safety systems in critical access hospitals: combined analysis of two studies.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Medication errors are a well-recognized source of preventable patient harm and result from mistakes made during medication prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, and administration processes. This study looked at the impact of several factors on reducing medication errors in critical access hospitals. Investigators found that dispensing by an onsite pharmacist and the use of barcode technology for administration were both associated with a statistically significant reduction in medication errors.