Medication Errors

Any error that occurs during the medication management process (prescribing, order communication, dispensing, administering, and monitoring). These can be potential errors--ones that are identified and addressed before the patient receives the medication or actual errors. The actual errors are ones that occur when the patient receives the wrong medication, the wrong dose or form, or at the wrong time. Medication errors can also be preventable and non-preventable. We used author identified statements of our classification of medication errors in this report.

Source: Ferner RE, Aronson JK. Clarification of terms used in medication errors: Definitions and classifications. Drug Safety. 2006 Nov;(11):1011–22.