In this prospective cohort in a tertiary care ED, researchers found over half of ED patients (59%) experienced at least 1 medication error, most of which occurred during prescribing (54%) or administration (35%). Patients boarded in the ED had twice the risk of a medication error than those not boarded, which is a very vulnerable time for patients, as they are changing provider teams, and are pending a final location. Patients boarded in the ED should be targeted for medication error reduction programs (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.