Source: Anaesthesia 69/7 pp. 735-45
Date of publication: July 2014
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: One of the key tools promoted for improving patient safety in healthcare is incident reporting. The authors of this study analysed 2238 patient safety incidents involving medications submitted from up to 29 critical care units in the North West of England every year between 2009 and 2012. 452 of the incidents led to harm to patients. The most commonly reported drugs were noradrenaline, heparins, morphine and insulin. The administration of drugs was the stage where incidents were most commonly reported. This was also the stage most likely to harm patients. The authors conclude that quality improvement initiatives could improve medication safety in the units studied.
Length of Publication: 11 pages
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