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September 3, 2018

Reducing Medication Errors

Most hospitals practice continuous quality improvement and therefore have some type of medication error program in place. In many instances, we find that hospitals have an […]
August 27, 2018

First Dose Levels

In an effort to achieve accuracy, oftentimes clinicians are hesitant to check first dose peak and trough levels for aminoglycosides. The tendency is to obtain peak […]
August 20, 2018

Practical steps to reduce med errors

 By focusing on five key rules of medication therapy, clinicians can reduce the occurrence of medication errors and improve patient safety. These key rules include the […]
August 13, 2018

Pharmacokinetic Dosing Errors

Medication errors associated with pharmacokinetics can sometimes get overlooked. Oftentimes, dosing errors occur but may go unreported. This can be especially true when dealing with aminoglycosides. […]
August 6, 2018

Errors with Volume of Distribution

In my experiences with dosing, antibiotics tend to offer the greatest challenge, especially in septic patients. The reason this is a challenge is because septic patients […]
July 30, 2018

Errors with Half Life Determination

Calculating elimination rate constants and half lives can be challenging in patients that are unstable. For drugs that are eliminated renally, it is important to ensure […]
July 23, 2018

Medication Error Reporting

“Between January and December 1990, the number of medication error reports received per month ranged from 73 to 141. In that year the number of errors […]
July 16, 2018

Medication Histories

Medication histories are important in preventing prescription errors and consequent risks to patients. Apart from preventing prescription errors, accurate medication histories are also useful in detecting […]
July 9, 2018

Assessing Causation: Disease or Drug?

Assessing cause and effect can often be challenging in a medical malpractice case. However, when the suspected cause involves a medication, the analysis is typically straightforward. […]