A medication error (ME) is any foreseeable incident that may result in improper use of drugs and that can cause harm to the patient. The aim of this article is to describe notifications of ME that have been made through the Catalonia medication error prevention programme during the 2010-2014 period. Over the past 5 years 7,609 notifications of ME have been recorded. In 97.2% of the reported cases, ME did not produce any kind of injury to the patient, and in 68.6% of the cases, in addition to not resulting in injury, the ME did not reach the patient. The main MEs occur in relation to prescription of the medication and to administration. The majority of notifications come from the hospital setting, with pharmacists and nurses the major health professionals reporting. Notifications of ME are a source of useful information for implementing prevention measures patient safety and medication.
Safety; Patient; Notification systems
Massanés-Gonzàlez M, Rabanal M, Casasín T, Lacasa-Plana C, Gaspar-Caro MJ, Davins-Miralles J, et.al. Notificacions dʼerrors de medicació a Catalunya durant el període 2010-2014. Butll Epidemiol Catalunya. 2015;36(03):25-31.
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