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Fitzpatrick C. Consumer Updates. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration. September 29, 2009.
This video for consumers shares tips to avoid medication errors through improved communication, medication information review, and dosage measurement.
Payne JW. US News & World Report. May 3, 2010.
This piece offers medication safety advice for parents caring for children with chronic illness.
Glass I, Cole S. This American Life. WBEZ Chicago. September 20, 2013.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; May 2011.
This flyer provides tips to help prevent consumer medication errors.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. February 27, 2014;19:1-4.
Summarizing results from a Canadian study to determine factors associated with fatal medication errors in the home, this newsletter article describes how patients and nonprofessional caregivers lacked understanding about their medication, such as potential adverse effects and signs of toxicity, which increased risk of harm.
Rau J. Washington Post. April 29, 2016.
Transitions in care between inpatient and outpatient settings are an increasing concern for patient safety. Reporting on a fatal medication error that was missed by a patient's pharmacist and home health nurses, this newspaper article discusses various risks associated with hospital-to-home transitions such as insufficient case management and communication.
Journal Article > Commentary
Using a spare medication vial to store multiple medications: a potentially fatal in-home medication error.
Leonard JB, Klein-Schwartz W. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2019;76:264-265.
Patient and family medication administration mistakes can result in medication errors at home. This commentary describes the problem of "pill dumping," where patients combine their daily medicines into a spare vial. However, patients are at risk for mistakenly taking a vial of a single medication instead of their pill-dump vial and inadvertently overdosing. The authors suggest medication counseling and use of daily pill boxes as tactics to prevent this type of error.