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Journal Article > Commentary
Cohen MR. Hosp Pharm. 2008;43:696–698.
This monthly selection of medication error reports describes a case of misidentifying home medications for a hospitalized patient, how character space limitations in medication administration records may cause medication errors, and fatal misuse of a fentanyl patch on a child.
Journal Article > Study
Boyle MJ, Eastwood K. World J Emerg Med. 2018;9:41-45.
Safe medication administration in the prehospital setting requires paramedics to rapidly and accurately calculate medication doses. Researchers tested 20 experienced Australian paramedics in a classroom and found that most made errors in dosing or arithmetic. In other studies, human factors engineering approaches showed promise in reducing reliance on mental math.