A STUDY ON PREVALENCE OF MEDICATION ERRORS IN A MULTISPECIALTY HOSPITALAbstract
Background: Medication errors (MEs) are the potential to cause adverse clinical outcomes. The incidence of MEs is hopefully controlled with patient-centric pharmaceutical services. The present study evaluated the incidence of MEs in various departments in a multispecialty hospital in India. Methods: This prospective observational was analyzed 100 prescriptions included 749 drugs from general medicine, cardiology, renal, and endocrinology departments. The prescriptions were analyzed for medication errors as per NCCMERP criteria. The outcome was expressed as range additionally as percentages of variables. Results: A total of 217 MEs (n-105, 48.39%) were ruled out from out of these 100 cases. The applied NCCMERP criteria found 87 drug administration errors (40.09%) with higher categories A and B, but the distribution of category C (n-10) and D (n-10) was noted quite alarming. Conclusion: The study would suggest perpetual inculcation and training programs to be conducted to incorporate cognizance and practice inputs of medicos, nurses, and pharmacists.