Medication mix-ups are way more common than you might think — despite all the checks and balances in hospital systems.The Institute of Medicine estimates preventable medication errors cause 7,000 deaths every year in hospitals. Not all medication mix-ups are fatal, but they can cause harm.
How do they happen?
Imagine you are supposed to receive 1.0 milligrams of a drug, and a barely visible decimal point causes the pharmacist to deliver 10 milligrams instead. Details matter — but they are easy to check. It just takes a bit of extra time and focus.
Follow this simple checklist to prevent medication mix-ups in the hospital. Learn more about the other common hospital hazards you can help prevent