10 Common prescribing errors

How to avoid them

C. K. Finch, T. H. Self

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Abstract

Each year, an estimated 98,000 Americans die because of medical errors. Up to 4% of inpatients experience some type of medication error. Common ones involve sound-alike drug names (nevirapine, nelfinavir). Dose calculation errors can occur if the basis should be ideal body weight (as for digoxin) rather than actual body weight. Prescribing the wrong dosage form can lead to significant discrepancies in therapeutic effect. Writing the wrong frequency (tid instead of q8h) can skew trough and peak blood levels. Failure to adjust doses for renal dysfunction is especially common. Strategies being developed to prevent these and other errors - such as decimal point misplacement, abbreviation use, overlooked drug interactions, and incomplete patient history - include physician order entry, consulting a clinical pharmacist, improving medication education, and handheld electronic personal data assistants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)766-771
Number of pages6
JournalConsultant
Volume41
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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Nelfinavir
Nevirapine
Medical Errors
Ideal Body Weight
Medication Errors
Digoxin
Dosage Forms
Therapeutic Uses
Drug Interactions
Pharmacists
Names
Inpatients
Body Weight
Physicians
Kidney
Education
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Medicine(all)

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Finch, C. K., & Self, T. H. (2001). 10 Common prescribing errors: How to avoid them. Consultant, 41(6), 766-771.

10 Common prescribing errors : How to avoid them. / Finch, C. K.; Self, T. H.

In: Consultant, Vol. 41, No. 6, 01.01.2001, p. 766-771.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Finch, CK & Self, TH 2001, '10 Common prescribing errors: How to avoid them', Consultant, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 766-771.
Finch CK, Self TH. 10 Common prescribing errors: How to avoid them. Consultant. 2001 Jan 1;41(6):766-771.
Finch, C. K. ; Self, T. H. / 10 Common prescribing errors : How to avoid them. In: Consultant. 2001 ; Vol. 41, No. 6. pp. 766-771.
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