Principles and Practices of Medication Safety in the ICU

Crit Care Clin. 2006 Apr;22(2):273-90, vi. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2006.02.005.


Medication errors are a significant public health problem in United States hospitals. Patients in the ICU are at particular risk for medication errors because of the characteristics of an ICU and the nature of its patients. This article reviews the principles of medication safety and applies these principles to the ICU, and suggests safe practices to improve medication safety in the ICU.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intensive Care Units / statistics & numerical data*
  • Medication Errors* / classification
  • Medication Errors* / prevention & control
  • Medication Errors* / statistics & numerical data
  • Prevalence
  • Safety
  • United States / epidemiology