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Schmidt CE, Bottoni T. Improving medication safety and patient care in the emergency department. J Emerg Nurs 2003; 29:12-16.
Only half of ED staff would report a near-miss drug error if the patient was not harmed, according to this study from the Naval Hospital Jacksonville (FL). The researchers surveyed 58 ED staff to identify obstacles to reporting medication errors and assessed the contents of the ED’s automated medication dispensing machines to assess medications that looked or sounded alike.
Here were their key findings:
As a result of the findings, the following actions were taken:
"We hope this endeavor will continue to promote a climate for the recognition and reporting of potential and actual medication errors," the researchers concluded.