Medication Omission Common Cause of Fatal Med Errors

By March 1, 2019No Comments

Do your students know what categories of medications are most likely to cause patient death?

Fatal medication errors are most common with anticoagulants and antibiotics, a new study shows. The most common types of medication administration errors (MAEs) were medication omissions, followed by administration of a wrong dose or wrong strength of medication. Half of the reported incidents involved a patient older than 75 years.

“Our findings show that more attention should be paid to the safe administration of medication especially when it comes to older people. It is important to make sure that the patient gets the right dose of medication at the right time and in the right way,” lead author Marja Härkänen, RN, PhD, postdoctoral researcher, Academy of Finland, University of Eastern Finland, said in a news release.

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Originally posted on Medscape Medical News