This analysis of voluntary reporting of medication errors from almost 500 ED’s found most errors occurred at the administration phase, most commonly due to improper dose/quantity, with harm in 3% of them, and communication to the patient/family in <3%. Medication errors in the ED are common, some are harmful, and few are reported to the patient / family (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.