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Leslie W. Hall, MD; October 2008
Orthopedic surgeons rounding on an elderly Cantonese-speaking woman recommend conservative, nonsurgical treatment for her broken hip, as their examination noted that the patient was able to walk. Given that strict bed rest orders were in place for this patient, a medical intern found the note peculiar. Further investigation revealed that the surgeons had actually walked the patient's roommate, another Cantonese-speaking woman.
Journal Article > Study
Szczepura A, Wild D, Nelson S. BMC Geriatr. 2011;11:82.
Data from a barcode medication administration (BCMA) system revealed that over a 3-month period, half of the residents of long-term care facilities were exposed to potentially serious medication errors. The BCMA system appeared to be very effective at intercepting these errors.