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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2006 October;57(5):447-53

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language: Italian

Problems in Drugs Administration

Tartaglia G. 1, Donelli S. 1, Reale R. 2

1 S.C. Ortopedia e Traumatologia Ospedale Maggiore, Chieri 2 S.C. Direzione Sanitaria Ospedale Maggiore, Chieri


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Medications errors are a worldwide phenomenon. According to a recent US study, more Americans die from medications errors and adverse drug reactions each year than in road accidents. Several definitions can be used to describe such errors, one of which is to define them as incidents deriving from inappropriate drug use that could have been prevented by effective control systems. Error prevention strategies include: analysis of the process of treatment use; involvement of process players; application of computerized systems; increased updating and continuing education. The health care professionals managing the treatment process should also follow certain recommendations, for example, ensure maximum cooperation between all operators.

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