Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing Editor
To the Editor: Dr Kaushal and colleagues1 reviewed 10 778 physician orders and reported 616 medication errors (5.7%). However, the vast majority of these errors were caught before reaching the patient or were clinically meaningless. Indeed, the authors' definition of errors includes oversights as easily correctable as forgetting to write whether a drug is to be administered orally or intravenously. The authors do not describe the clinical relevance of any of these errors, or whether any of the potentially life-threatening adverse drug events actually resulted in morbidity.
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