Near-miss medication errors provide a wake-up call
FOUR NEAR-MISS medication errors occurring within 40 minutes was unnerving even for me, an ED nurse with 22 years of experience. On a typically busy Monday afternoon, stretchers lined the hallways while healthcare providers hurried to evaluate, treat, and discharge patients. Then, this happened:
This article discusses why near-miss medication errors such as these occur and how they can be avoided.