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Most common errors include incorrect drugs and strength.
A new report from the UK’s National Pharmacy Association shows that the two most common errors reported were dispensing for a wrong/drug/medicine and dispensing the wrong strength.
The data from the Scotland Patient Safety Incident report notes, “It is concerning to see certain error types continuing to occur despite being well publicized and highlighted in previous reports…”
The most common errors reported from October 2018 to March 2019 included:
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Contributing factors for errors:
Wrong strength incidents included:
The most common factor, accounting for 58% was Task factors (this includes work guidelines/procedures/policies, availability of decision-making aids).
Tips identified in the report: