In this single center study of HIV patients admitted, almost 1/3 had a medication error prescribed on admission; these were most commonly incomplete regimens, but also included incorrect doses, incorrect frequency, and drug interactions. Based on this high rate of admit medication errors, these patients may be best served by a medication double check, by nursing or pharmacy, to reduce the risk of error (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.