New technology verifies accuracy of medications
Last updated 2/19/2009 at Noon
When a patient goes to a hospital, he or she typically assumes they will receive the proper medication for their condition and the correct dosage. However, errors do occur at healthcare facilities and pharmacies due to human error, in some cases leaving a patient in worse condition than when they first sought help.
In an effort to protect patients from medication errors, many healthcare facilities have begun implementing electronic prescribing, bar coding, automated medication dispensing and robotic systems. However, human error, particularly in the compounding of high-risk IV admixtures,...