Medical errors with IV meds in the ICU

In this cross sectional study of over 100 ICUs in 27 countries, researchers found a medical error related to IV meds occurred 75 times per 100 patient care days. Most were errors of omission (missed dose or wrong timing), and most did not occur during crisis situations, but during routine care. Overall 1% of the patients suffered permanent harm or death due to an error. This study underscores the ongoing prevalence of medication errors and highlights the need for systems improvements to reduce their likelihood (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

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.

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