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Karen Ousey, PhD, RGN; February 2014
A patient admitted for acute liver failure, acute renal failure, respiratory failure, and hepatic encephalopathy had a rectal tube placed to manage diarrhea. Two weeks into his hospitalization, dark red liquid stool was noted in the rectal tube, and the patient was found to have a large ulcerated area in the rectum, likely caused by the tube.
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Bertsche T, Mayer Y, Stahl R, et al. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2008;65:1834-1840.
Implementation of a standardized protocol for administering intravenous medications was associated with a reduction in medication errors in intensive care unit patients.