The medication management process continues to be held to higher standards amidst a handful of serious and tragic medication-related misadventures dating back to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “Preventing Medication Errors” published in 2007 as part of their Quality Chasm series. This report identified medications as an important contributor to patient harm. Some of the most startling examples of safety issues cited were when concentrated medications were incorrectly administered to newborn babies and when adult medications were administered through an incorrect route. More than a decade later, we’re still struggling with many of these same issues and we continue to see examples too close to the reality of that 2007 report. The transition to the EMR platforms may be seen as an important first phase in improving patient care and safety, but now we need connected solutions like medication management for those process segments that pose high-risk safety concerns.
The medication management process must be simplified to help break the cycle of medication error and offer safe, quality patient care. Integrated platforms and point-of-care technologies have the potential to reduce inefficiencies in the medication-use process (from pharmacy to the patient’s bedside) and improve safety across the continuum of care.
Each month on the BD Institute for Medication Management Excellence blog, thought leaders explore topics of critical importance to medication management, and provide additional ways to learn.
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