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Book and Media Reviews
April 18, 2007

Preventing Medication Errors

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(15):1717-1722. doi:10.1001/jama.297.15.1717

This is the latest in the Institute of Medicine Quality Chasm Series focused on assessing and improving health care at a national level. The book carefully assesses peer-reviewed literature to emphasize that injury is conservatively estimated to occur in 380 000 to 450 000 adverse drug events in US hospitals. Outpatient injuries due to medication errors occur even more frequently, with 530 000 such events occurring annually in the US Medicare senior population alone. Building on its predecessors, Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001) and Patient Safety (2004), this report synthesizes evidence to arrive at useful recommendations that can be implemented immediately, depending on your organization's resources, connectivity, and propensity for change.

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