Outpatient surgery at risk for drug errors

May 2007
Same-Day Surgery;May2007, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p56
Academic Journal
The pace and multiple handoffs in the perioperative setting lead those patients to have more than three times the risk of harm from medication errors than any other area of the hospital. Outpatient surgery is particularly at risk, experts say. • Ensure that medications, especially antimicrobial agents, are administered at the correct time. • Have dedicated pharmacy staff who participate in medication reconciliation and help standardize/limit the products routinely available. • Fill out checklists completely before a patient leaves the area. • Be careful of calculations, especially with pediatric and geriatric patients, and particularly with controlled substances. • Have one form that compiles allergy information, herbal use, and supplement use.


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