How Many Errors are Hospitals Making? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/9/02

How Many Errors are Hospitals Making?

They only picked two states to study: Georgia and Colorado. Texas wasn't included, but what they found is raising eyebrows everywhere.

More than 40 potentially harmful drug errors in 36 hospitals and nursing homes were happening on a daily basis. The study in the Archives of Internal Medicine says that most of the errors were giving patients medication at the wrong time or not at all. But other mistakes included doctors prescribing the wrong drug or pharmacists incorrectly reading a doctor's messy handwriting, and they say errors occured in nearly one out of every five doses in a typical 300 bed hospital.

New government standards begin in January to help reduce medical errors. These guidelines include at least two "identifiers" other than a patient's hospital room number to ensure that the right drug gets to the right patient.

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