Medication Safety and Transfusion Errors in the ICU and Beyond

Crit Care Clin. 2005 Jan;21(1):91-110, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2004.08.003.


The modern day intensive care unit (ICU) is a place in which patients can receive continuous monitoring of physiologic variables with concentrated patient observation and care. Despite the "intensive care," errors do occur. This article reviews medication and transfusion errors, including the different types, causes, and possible solutions to prevent these errors from occurring in ICUs and the hospital at large.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hospital Mortality*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / statistics & numerical data*
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control
  • Medication Errors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Transfusion Reaction*