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Common Medication Errors

November 10, 2016

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Medication errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury in hospitals today. They arise in several situations. Here are the most common forms of error:

Medication Dosage

Dosage errors are the most common, and the most dangerous variety of these are decimal point errors. A nurse or pharmacy will read “10” instead of “1.0”, and a patient will end up getting 10 times the dose prescribed – often a lethal dose.

Medication Types

Mistaken medication types are also common – some drug names are similar and the nurse or pharmacist can mistake one for another.


Allergic reactions are frequently seen. Usually the allergy information is actually on the chart itself, but the physician or nurse fails to read it. When the wrong medication is given it can result in a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can lead to anaphylactic shock, and ultimately death if not properly treated.

Contraindicated Medications 

Medication errors can also occur when a medication is contraindicated (a situation where the drug should NOT be used). For example, many medications are contraindicated if someone is pregnant, or in combination with other medications, or if a person has a certain disease process.

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