Evidence-Based Medicine Doesn’t Preclude Common Sense
If you went skydiving, would you first ask for scientific evidence from a randomized trial that a properly functioning parachute prevents injury before you’d consider using one during your freefall? Hardly.
Medication errors are one of the most widespread and preventable causes of harm in modern healthcare. Now Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS) and more than a dozen other leaders in the field are teaming up to promote best practices to prevent them.
For the first time, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has surveyed nurses about the often-questioned “30-minute rule” that requires scheduled medications in healthcare settings be administered within 30 minutes before or after the scheduled time.
Look-Alike Drug Name Errors
Is Enhanced Lettering the Answer?
Medication errors can result in significant morbidity and mortality and more costly care. Look-alike drug names that contribute to wrong drug errors are pervasive.