Medication-related Malpractice Risks
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Medication-related Malpractice Risks

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Report Highlights

Medication-related errors are common, can cause high-severity injury, and can be costly. Many organizations have made reducing these errors top priority, including the World Health Organization (WHO) which launched a global effort to halve medication-related errors in five years. Our national Candello report, Medication-related Malpractice Risks, examines the impact—financial and human—and root causes of medication-related errors.

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Medication-related errors are common, can cause high-severity injury, and can be costly. Many organizations have made reducing these errors top priority, including the World Health Organization (WHO) which launched a global effort to halve medication-related errors in five years. Our national Candello Report, Medication-related Malpractice Risks, examines the impact—financial and human—and root causes of medication-related errors.

Key Findings

Among this study of medical professional liability cases in Candello asserted 2010–2014:

  • 1 in 9 malpractice cases involves a medication-related problem
  • 32% of medication-related cases involve a patient death compared to 18% of all other malpractice cases
  • Administering and dispensing errors—though lower in volume—increase the odds of a case closing with an indemnity payment

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There has been a greater willingness to see improving the medication process as a multidisciplinary effort. Errors are not a 'prescriber' problem, nor a 'pharmacy' problem, nor a 'nursing' problem: everybody owns the problem because there are opportunities for errors and harm in medication management.”

—Frank Federico, RPH, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

 

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