Author(s): Ritland S, Kummen M, Gjerde I, Taranrd B
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Medication errors may have serious consequences for patients and erroneous drug charts represent one of several causes of error. As part of a quality assurance survey, we studied whether user documentation on the charts was in accordance with the guidelines for chart keeping. MATERIAL AND METHODS: On the same day, the drug charts of all hospitalized patients (n = 401) were copied and a representative sample of 207 charts was reviewed. RESULTS: 15 charts had no prescriptions; 14 of the remaining 192 charts (7 \%) were correctly filled in. 152 charts (79 \%) had deviations that we considered might pose only minor potential health risk; 26 (14 \%) had deviations implying potential risk. No charts had deviations considered to pose major risk. INTERPRETATION: Several deviations from the guidelines were found and better training is needed; we recommend standardisation of drug charts and guidelines.
This article was published in Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen
and referenced in Journal of Pharmacovigilance