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Get Patients to Pay Up - May 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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4 0 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | M A Y 2 0 1 5 Learning From a Fatal Medication Error Prevent a medication mix-up at your facility through careful inspection. A simple medication mishap can cause unimaginable conse- quences. It happens more frequently than it should, but there are steps you can take to avoid a problem. The following case shows that several factors led to a medication error, and that open com- munication between the patient, facility and employees is essential. The incident A few days after a 65-year-old Oregon woman underwent successful neurosurgery, she became concerned about the anti-seizure medica- tion she was taking following the procedure. Her son took her to the ER, where a doctor ordered an IV infusion of another anti-seizure medication. The woman's family anticipated she would be discharged from the emergency department and able to return home quickly. Instead, their M E D I C A L M A L P R A C T I C E Karen Wright, RN, BSN, ARM, CPHRM z MEDICATION ERROR Don't let a tragedy happen at your facility.

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