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Varalakshmi Janamanchi, MD; Kunjam Modha, MD; and Christopher Whinney, MD; December 2017
At a preoperative evaluation for skin grafting surgery, a man's prescription medications were reviewed and updated in his medical record. During surgery, the patient experienced profuse bleeding, requiring transfusion with multiple units of blood. Postoperatively, the patient stabilized and the attending surgeon reexamined the patient's medications with him and asked about over-the-counter medications. The patient had been taking one aspirin per day, including the day of surgery. Although the patient was asked about blood-thinning medications at the preoperative visit, he was not asked about over-the-counter medications.
Journal Article > Commentary
Dzik WH. Br J Haematol. 2007;136:181-90.
The author discusses three transfusion case studies that highlight three areas where errors are most common and technologies that can be used to prevent errors in these areas.
Journal Article > Study
Anticoagulant medication errors in nursing homes: characteristics, causes, outcomes, and association with patient harm.
Desai RJ, Williams CE, Greene SB, Pierson S, Hansen RA. J Healthc Risk Manag. 2013;33:33-43.
Patients in nursing homes are generally elderly, chronically ill, and take multiple medications, which places them at higher risk for medication errors. The state of North Carolina maintains a mandatory medication error reporting system for all nursing homes. This study analyzed data from this system to characterize errors due to anticoagulant drugs (which are considered high-risk medications). Errors were found to be common and harmful, often due to inadequate monitoring to ensure appropriate drug dosing. The authors recommend several potential solutions, but any interventions will likely also have to address the fact that safety culture in nursing homes is generally poor. An AHRQ WebM&M commentary discusses a preventable error due to inadequate monitoring of the anticoagulant warfarin at a nursing home, and an AHRQ WebM&M perspective explores the difficult problem of ensuring medication safety in nursing facilities.