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Abstract

A Systematic Review on Medication Errors

Medication Errors (MEs) are a common cause for iatrogenic adverse events. A systematic review of MEs in prescribing, transcribing, dispensing, administration and documentation in adults and children was done. We included all types of studies that reported the incidence of medication errors or identified the causes of MEs, either in adults or children. All healthcare professionals have a responsibility in identifying contributing factors to medication errors and to use that information to further reduce their occurrence. Developing countries urgently need to introduce professional programmes to improve prescribing skills and knowledge of prescribers, and to encourage nurses to improve their quality of drug administration.


Author(s):

Karthikeyan M, Balasubramanian T, Mohammed Ibrahim Khaleel, Muhammed Sahl and Rashifa P



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