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Preventing Medication Errors
Are we most interested in focusing on medication errors for inpatient settings that lead to patient injury (ADEs)? If yes, review the methods described in Table 5-1.
Are we interested in detecting as many errors as possible for inpatient settings so that real system problems can be identified more quickly and prevention efforts prioritized? If yes, review the methods described in Table 5-2.
ADE and error detection methods for outpatient settings are summarized in Table 5-3.
Some of the methods available for detecting errors and ADEs are described in greater detail below. These include reporting, chart review, computerized detection of ADEs (Classen et al., 1991; Evans et al., 1991; Bates et al., 2003), observation of medication administration (Barker et al., 2002),