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Her Loss, Their Gain - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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5 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 M edication errors are all too frequent in the OR. A recent observational study identified an error in 5.3% of all anesthesia medication administrations — roughly 1 of every 20 — with about 80% of those errors deemed preventable. Why do so many med- ication errors still happen? Perhaps because, unlike all other locations in the hospital, the anesthesia provider is typically the only practition- er involved in determining what medication is needed, and then dis- pensing and administering that medication. • LESSONS LEARNED Take a non-punitive approach to improving medication safety, because human error is the root cause of most administration errors. Joyce Wahr, MD | Minneapolis, Minn. Strategies for Better Medication Management Developing a comprehensive protocol for OR medication administration can fill holes that lead to errors — and uncover ones you knew nothing about.

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