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Perioperative Medication Errors

  • Blas Catalani
  • Steven Boggs
  • Ezekiel Tayler
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Abstract

There has always been a necessary balance in medicine between the principles of diagnosis and treatment. However, the resources required to achieve such a balance are constantly changing. While the applied elements of medical diagnostics continue to evolve scientifically, the selection and delivery of a particular treatment regimen still require a human touch. Accordingly, at its most fundamental level, the successful delivery of a specific therapeutic intervention and the prevention of error require administration of the correct medication in the correct dose via the correct route at the correct time to the correct patient. These fundamental steps are made increasingly difficult by the ever-expanding diversity and variable potency of medications available to practitioners.

Keywords

Adverse events Adverse drug reactions Continuum of medication use Five rights Prevention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blas Catalani
    • 1
  • Steven Boggs
    • 1
  • Ezekiel Tayler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of Tennessee Health Science CenterMemphisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology & Cardiothoracic SurgeryLankenau Medical CenterWynnewoodUSA

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