The writers at Pharmacy Practice News have compiled information collected in ISMP Safety Alerts! Acute Care and organized them in easy to read tables so the most frequently reported medication errors and causes can be easily reviewed. The goal is to learn from others mistakes so they don't get repeated. "Preventing medication errors is an essential component of caring for patients.."
Is our sometimes blind trust in the safety offered by EHRs misguided?
"A 2016 study by The Leapfrog Group, a patient-safety watchdog based in Washington, D.C., found that the medication-ordering function of hospital EHRs—a feature required by the government for certification but often configured differently in each system—failed to flag potentially harmful drug orders in 39% of cases in a test simulation. In 13% of those cases, the mistake could have been fatal."
Read the full article that addresses medication safety and more:
Death by a Thousand Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong
by Fred Schulte and Erika Fry