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Harmful medication errors in nursing homes occurred nearly twice as often in patients who were unable to direct their own care.
Omitted information is most frequent cause of errors with outpatient computerized prescribing systems.
Two-thirds of prescriptions drawn from an electronic health record didn't match the EHR medication list.
According to a 2006 study, a quarter of US hospitals have no information technology (IT) applications* for medication safety.
Most ED cases referred to a physician review committee in an urban hospital ED involved three or more contributing factors.
Fewer than 50% of physicians believe they have access to a reporting system in their organization to report medical errors
Surgeons experienced 50% fewer positioning errors with laparoscopic procedure equipment when they used a structured checklist.
Low and marginally literate patients have difficulty following the prescription label instruction "take two tablets by mouth daily" even when they are able to read dosage instructions correctly.
Among 400 consecutive patients at an academic hospital, 76 (19%) had adverse events soon after discharge, most either preventable or ameliorable.
Physicians and nurses disagree on which clinical information technology would benefit patient safety.
Without interpreter services, non-English speaking patients often don't understand medication instructions.
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