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CES Medicina

versión impresa ISSN 0120-8705


BERRIO VALENCIA, MARTA INÉS. Preventing errors in medication administration in anesthesia. CES Med. [online]. 2014, vol.28, n.2, pp.307-312. ISSN 0120-8705.

Medication errors are one of the most common causes of care failure in hospital stays, the frequency may be higher in surgical environments by being dynamic and complex scenarios. These errors can lead to an increased morbidity, or even fatal consequences, and in turn to increased hospital stay and costs of care. In anesthesiology, such errors have a greater impact because the drugs used, such as opioids and neuromuscular blockers, and intravenous or neuraxial routes lead to rapid and/or deleterious effects in case of error. Prevention strategies and the development of the culture of the notification of events are the mainstay to avoid such errors. Recognizing the causes of errors in drug administration and the implementation of security strategies before, during and after this process will be reflected in a significant increase in the quality of patient care

Palabras clave : Medications errors; Anesthesia; Perioperative period; Patient safety.

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