medicationerrorrate

November 26, 2018

Corrective Actions to Reduce Medication Errors

Unfortunately we all make mistakes, even physicians. So when it comes down to the care of a patient it is important to take all appropriate measures […]
November 5, 2018

Assessing Causation in a Medical Malpractice Case

Medical malpractice case reviews can present a number of challenges to all parties. This is especially true with a expert witness. On occasion, an expert might […]
October 29, 2018

Med Error Tracking Programs

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 […]
October 22, 2018

Mechanism of Action: Does it matter?

Understanding the mechanism of action (MOA) of a medication can prove beneficial in understanding how the drug will behave. It also helps determine the potential for […]
October 15, 2018

Assessing Probability

There are a number of methods used to assess the probability of an event resulting from medication administration. The Naranjo Scale is perhaps the most common […]
October 8, 2018

The Unforgivable Error

In order to reduce medication errors, it is essential that they first be identified and reported, a key component of Root Cause Analysis. This process helps […]
October 1, 2018

Serotonin Syndrome: Are we missing it?

Serotonin syndrome can often go overlooked even though it can be lifethreatening if not detected in time and properly treated. The condition is caused by excessive […]
September 10, 2018

Avoiding Medication Errors

An unfortunate part of healthcare involves medication errors which can occur during any phase of the distributive process. Healthcare providers are encouraged to practice Continuous Quality […]
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 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 […]