Medication Safety Alert! January 31, 2019
In this week's issue:
- Highlights from a Study of Residents’ Electronic Medication Prescribing Errors
- Your Reports at Work: FDA tells pen injector needle manufacturers to improve patient instructions for use
- FDA Advise-ERR: Lumoxiti has unique preparation instructions!
- For medication orders, “fuzzy matching” is fuzzy illogical
- Acute Care Action Agenda (October – December 2018)
In academic teaching hospitals, medical residents typically enter most of the medication orders for patients using electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) systems. However, little is known about the association between the residents’ level of training and the frequency of medication prescribing errors or when they occur. Some studies have revealed the July effect, suggesting that errors increase in July as new residents begin their training.1,2 However, these studies have not specifically analyzed medication errors as the sole adverse outcome. Also, most studies of errors by residents were...