Evaluation of Medication Errors in Hospitalized Patients

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02/4/2014 1:00 PM

Evaluation of Medication Errors in Hospitalized Patients

Hamoudi A. Mosah, Ph.D.
Ahmed S. Sahib, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Haedar A. AL-Biati , B.Sc.,MSc

Objectives: Many medication errors occur in the hospital, and these can endanger patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence of medication errors in hospitalized patients, and to categorize the most frequent types of errors, and to asses the possible measures that may prevent the occurrence of such errors.
Methods: A prospective, exploratory, and evaluative study, using direct observation method to detect medication errors in adult hospitalized patients in medical and surgical units in Baquba Teaching Hospital- Diyala-Iraq.. The files of 299 patients had been reviewed from July 2009 to September 2009, including medication orders and treatment sheets to detect existing errors. The detected errors were recorded and classified using special form designed according to standard classification of medication errors.

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