Medication errors in the ED are common, and can be carried over to the inpatient stay. This prospective observational study of pharmacists in 4 academic EDs found they recovered 7.8 medication errors per 100 patients (2.9 per 100 medications). Most (90%) were mitigated potential adverse drug events, most commonly involving antibiotics and CNS agents. Pharmacists commonly recover medication errors in the ED, and can provide an intermediary level of defense to prevent medication errors at many site in the hospital (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.