A survey of physicians, pharmacists, and nurses working in healthcare facilities found an increasing number of frustrating drug shortages. Worse:
- One out of three reviewed facilities had a serious error that was caught in time — a near miss.
- One out of four had an actual medication error resulting from the shortages.
- One out of five reported actual adverse outcomes for patients.
This may only be the tip of the iceberg according to the health care professionals surveyed. Many felt that errors and bad patient outcomes aren’t always shared so there maybe many more. Read the rest of this entry »