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J Perioper Pract. 2008 Jun;18(6):249-53.

Errors in medicine administration: how can they be minimised?

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  • 1Royal London Hospital, London.


Errors in medicine administration often go unnoticed and unreported. This article describes three medicine-related errors and provides recommendations to reduce risk. All medicine-related errors should be reported locally and to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) so that they can be collated and trends identified. Electronic prescribing and patient/medicine identification by bar codes, double checking and using colour coded syringes for intravenous and enteral administration, employing more clinical pharmacists and regular education may reduce medicine-related errors.

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