Intravenous medication errors

J Intraven Nurs. 1996 May-Jun;19(3 Suppl):S9-15.


In a clinical study, it was reported that based on the number of adult patients admitted to two hospitals, medication errors amounted to almost 4,000, an alarming figure considering that many were thought to be preventable. Today's healthcare environment dictates the type of care patients receive and from whom, and the potential for medication errors. This article discusses the factors concerning the prescribing of i.v. medications, preparing the medications, and administering them competently by nurses and pharmacists.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Drug Therapy / nursing*
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous*
  • Medication Errors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pharmacy Service, Hospital
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic