Critically ill patients admitted to an ICU experience, on average, 1.7 medical errors each day, and many patients suffer a potentially life-threatening error during their stay. 1,2
Medication errors are the most common type of error and account for 78% of serious medical errors in the ICU. 3
Providing 1 critically ill patient with a single dose of a single medication requires correctly executing 80–200 steps. 4
The medication process involves 5 broad stages: prescription, transcription, preparation, dispensation and administration. 5
Medication errors, defined as any error in the medication process regardless of whether a patient experiences an adverse consequence, can occur at any step. 6
It is important to have an understanding of the risk factors for medication errors and the evidence base for preventing medication errors and disclosure, should an error occur.
Medication errors in critical care: risk factors, prevention and disclosure
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