IV medication errors in critical care

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Intravenous literature: Camira, E., Moyen, E. and Stelfox, H.T. (2009) Medication errors in critical care: risk factors, prevention and disclosure. CMAJ. 180(9), p.936-943.

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Key points

  • Medication reconciliation may improve patient safety in the intensive care unit, and an updated list of medications should be maintained, including long-standing medications, the reasons for starting new medications and their planned stop dates and the reasons for discontinuing or holding old medications. 
  • Engaging pharmacists in inpatient rounds in the intensive care unit may decrease the risk of adverse drug events.

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