Reducing the Risk of Medication Errors

Focusing on the processes surrounding medication administration and identifying potential risks can reduce the risk of medication errors. These resources provide tips on how to reduce the risks.

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    ASHP Guidelines on Preventing Medication Errors in Hospitals

    Medication errors can occur at any point in the medication delivery system. These guidelines provide the pharmacist with practical recommendations and best practices for preventing and mitigating patient harm from medication errors.

    TAGS: delivery, system, Preventing, mitigating, Patient, Harm

  • The Joint Commission Sentinel Alert #52

    The misuse of single and multi-dose vials has led to numerous adverse events related to the transmission of infections. This Sentinel Event Alert, published by The Joint Commission in 2014, spotlights the concerns related to the misuse of vials, outlining proper processes and procedures that can be implemented to reduce these risks.

    TAGS: misuse, Event, 2014, Reduce, Risk, outline, proper, Procedures, transmission, Infection

  • Guidelines/Recommendations


    Prevention of Medication Errors in the Pediatric Inpatient Setting

    This policy statement, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, addresses medication errors in the pediatric population. The statement outlines safeguards that should be taken for pediatric patients, going above and beyond those for adults.

    TAGS: Policy, American, academy, safeguards, Patients, adults

  • Articles


    Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events

    It is imperative to review medication errors and adverse drug events as this can provide valuable information on the breakdown of processes. The article provides tips on reviewing and identifying key opportunities.

    TAGS: Article, reviewing, identifying, Key, opportunities

  • Drug Shortages Continue to Compromise Patient Care

    This resource discusses how drug shortages can compromise patient care.

    TAGS: compromise, Patient, Care

  • Opioid Overdose

    The CDC provides facts and tips addressing opioid overdose prevention.

    TAGS: CDC, Prevention