A recent article produced by the ISMP and ECRI Institute addressed the various errors linked to prescribing, dispensing, and administering of medications that require loading doses. The most common drugs involved with these errors are vancomycin, phenytoin, n-acetylcysteine, and amiodarone. Data collected from June 2004 through May 2012, reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority showed about 580 events that occured are due to these types of errors. Some forms of these errors included loading dose being omitted or delayed, wrong loading dose prescribed, and the loading dose given multiple times. What strategies can you incorporate in your practice to minimize these errors?

For more information, please visit patientsafetyauthority.org

 

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