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John Q. Young, MD, MPP; July 2011
A healthy elderly man presented to his primary care doctor—a third-year internal medicine resident—for routine examination. A PSA test was markedly elevated, but the results came back after the resident had graduated, and the alert went unread. Months later, the patient presented with new onset low back pain and was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
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Medication administration errors in assisted living: scope, characteristics, and the importance of staff training.
Zimmerman S, Love K, Sloane PD, Cohen LW, Reed D, Carder PC; Center for Excellence in Assisted Living-University of North Carolina Collaborative. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2011;59:1060-1068.
Medication errors are common in long-term care facilities, and prior research has shown that many of these errors occur at medication administration. This is particularly a problem at assisted living facilities where non-nursing clinical staff (such as medication aides) are often charged with administering medications. Direct observation of medication administration at two assisted living facilities in this study found that the overall error rate was similar between nurses and non-nurses, but less trained staff from either discipline had markedly higher error rates. As the regulations regarding medication administration in assisted living facilities vary from state to state, the authors advocate for more uniform training standards for all staff authorized to administer medications.