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ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. July 17, 2014;19:1-4.
To illustrate hazards associated with dispensing more than one dose of certain medications, this newsletter article describes an incident involving an accidental overdose of self-administered oral chemotherapy which resulted in a patient's death. Recommendations to reduce the potential for errors include ensuring labels conform to FDA labeling practices, dispensing only single doses, and providing medication counseling and written instructions for patients.
Jaffe E. Fast Company. November 11, 2013.
This article reports on a British initiative that studied health care processes for the purpose of designing devices to prevent medical errors.
Wright J. Nursing Times. 2013;109:11-14.
This record review study found that omitted doses of antimicrobial medications occur frequently in hospital settings in the United Kingdom.
Shah-Mohammadi AR, Gaunt MJ. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. September 2013;10:85-91.
Analyzing data submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System, this piece identifies incidents in which liquid oral medications were administered intravenously and recommends prevention strategies.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. May 16, 2013;18:1-3.
Describing a tubing misconnection error, this newsletter identifies contributing factors and recommends precautions to prevent similar incidents.
Kenler AS. Patient Saf Qual Healthc. July/August 2012;9:40-42.
This article discusses concerns with the diagnostic testing process and recommends that time outs can reduce risks.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. September 21, 2006;11:1-2.
This second part of this series discusses the three types of behavior involved in error—human error, at-risk behavior, and reckless behavior—including causes of each and appropriate responses.
Wahlberg D. Wisconsin State Journal. July 22, 2006:A1.
This article reports on a federal warning issued to a hospital after a medication error led to the death of a 16-year-old girl.