Acute Care Volume 23, Issue 24

Medication Safety Alert! November 29, 2018

In this week's issue:

Featured article

Introduction

One in every 1,000 medication orders in a hospital, and one in every 1,000 prescriptions in a pharmacy, have been associated with selecting the wrong drug while prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, or administering medications.1-4 Drug name similarities are a primary cause of these errors.5 Orthographic (spelling) factors that increase visual resemblance among drug names include similarities in the length of the names and the number of groups of similar or the same characters within the names.6 Phonological (sound) factors that increase auditory resemblance among drug names...

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