Patient Safety and Medication Errors

When we are admitted to a hospital, we place our lives in the hands of the team providing our care.  We trust that the system works.  Most of us haven't taken the time, prior to admission, to research the hospital ranking statistics and evaluate how many medical errors this particular hospital makes in any given month. 

It is not our thought, when we are being put under anesthesia, to ask the facility if they are using a Computerized Prescriber Order Entry (CPOE) system.  We probably haven't read the most recent studies that show hospitals which utilize CPOE systems to process medication orders may decrease their medication error rate by 48%. 

Finally, I am sure we are not aware that an estimated 210,000 and possibly upwards of 400,000 deaths in hospitals each year may be attributable to preventable medical adverse events. 

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