A medication error is a preventable event in any healthcare setting that may lead to inappropriate medication use while in the control of the healthcare professional or patient, ultimately leading to patient harm and/or death. Medication errors can be classified into five categories: 1) wrong drug, 2) wrong dose, 3) wrong route, 4) wrong frequency and/or 5) wrong patient.
Jordan R, Lam JT, Antevy P, et al. Actionable Patient Safety Solution (APSS) #3A: Medication Errors. Patient Safety Movement Foundation. January 2019. (https://patientsafetymovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/3A.pdf).
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