A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal American Health and Drug Benefits has revealed that 1,000,000 hospital patients are harmed by medication errors involving injectable drugs. The cost of such errors is staggering-$600,000 for each hospital per year.
“Our study highlights an unnecessary source of wasted healthcare resources and poor outcomes — injectable medication errors that cause harm to patients being treated in a hospital,” said study author Betsy Lahue, MPH, Vice President, Health Economics and Outcomes Research.”
According to the study, there is some good news. These types of medical errors are preventable with the implementation of quality control measures and a higher level of transparency.
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