Tips and resources to prevent medical errors

By Brian Ward

Medical error prevention is a complex problem without a simple “one-size-fits-all” solution. However, some things that healthcare organizations can do are:

If you’re looking for resources, guidelines, and tools for medical error prevention, says Brad Truax, MD, principal consultant of the Truax Group, he recommends visiting the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The organization has many free tools and resources, including lists of abbreviations, symbols, and dose designations that clinicians often interpret incorrectly; drug names that practitioners often confuse (look-alike and sound-alike); and high-alert medications in acute care settings, plus many more. You can also download a Medication Administration Distraction Observation Sheet from the British Medical Journal by clicking on this link.


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