Medication

Medication Errors

Helping You Reduce the Risk of Medication Errors

According to the Institute of Medicine, on average, a hospital patient is subject to at least one medication error per day, with considerable variation in error rates across facilities.1 We know you believe that even one medication error is one too many, regardless of how, where or when it occurs. 
 
That’s why we’re committed to helping you tackle medication error risks on many fronts, from developing clear labels and product interfaces that help support accurate dosing, to using technologies that can help minimize administration errors.
 
Medication errors can stem from any number of factors, including hard-to-decipher handwriting, ambiguous product names, similar-looking labels and unclear directions.2 Even job stress can potentially play a role.2 
 
Whatever the causes, the impact of medication errors to your patients and your facility can be significant. According to most studies, at least 25% of all harmful adverse drug events (ADEs) are preventable1, and each preventable ADE adds about $8750 (2006 dollars) to the cost of a hospital stay.3
 
Hospira can help you protect your patients from ADEs and avoid potential medication error costs. We offer a range of products that can help you address the risk factors for errors, including: 
Whether you want to simplify medication management to reduce errors or streamline workflow so that you have more time to focus on patient care, we can we can help you improve patient safety.
  1. Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. Aspden P, Wolcott JA, Bootman JL, Cronenwett LR, eds. Available at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11623. Accessed March 26, 2012.
  2. FDA US Food and Drug Administration. Medication error reports. Available at http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/MedicationErrors/ucm080629.htm. Accessed March 11, 2012.
  3. Ford D, Luttrell N. Leadership in patient safety: IV pump auto-programming. Paper presented at: Cerner Health Conference; October 2009; Kansas City, MO.