10 common medication errors to address in 2020

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices on Jan. 16 shared 10 common medication errors and hazards healthcare providers should work to address in 2020.

The list features 10 persistent medical errors that providers could prevent or minimize through practice changes.

Here are the 10 medical errors, as listed by ISMP:

  1. Selecting the wrong drug after entering the first few letters of its name.

  2. Prescribing daily, not weekly, oral methotrexate for nononcologic conditions.

  3. Errors caused by look-alike drug labels.

  4. Mishearing drug orders from verbal conversations.

  5. Unsafe overrides of automated dispensing cabinets.

  6. Unsafe practices associated with adult IV push medications.

  7. Improperly administering tranexamic acid through intraspinal injection.

  8. Unsafe labeling of prefilled syringes and infusions by 503b compounders.

  9. Unsafe use of syringes for vinca alkaloids.

  10. 1,000-fold overdoses with zinc

To learn more about each error, click here.

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