Pharmacist Participation in Medical Rounds Reduces Medication Errors

Kimberly K. Scarsi, Michael A. Fotis, Gary A. Noskin

Disclosures

Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2002;59(21) 

In This Article

Problem

Adverse drug events are a complication of medication use and have received considerable attention after the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report To Err Is Human.[1] Although the extent of the problem remains the subject of dispute, medication errors affect patient safety. Approximately 20% of medical injuries or deaths among hospitalized patients may be the result of an adverse drug reaction.[2] In addition, the mean length of stay, cost, and mortality are nearly double for patients suffering an adverse drug reaction.[3]

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