What is a medication error ?

A medication error is
unintended failure
in the drug treatment process
that leads to or has
the potential to lead to
patient harm 1,2

The medication workflow

Prescription

Transcription

Dispensing and transport

Administration

Patient

Errors can happen at any stage of the medication workflow

Up to 56% of all adverse events among hospitalised
patients are the result of preventable medication errors 1-4

Most errors occur during the prescription
and administration phases 1-4

ERRORS
INTERCEPTION PROBABILITY

Prescription

39%
48% 1

Administration

38%
2% 1

The high-risk stage of the process, with errors most likely resulting in harm or death
Administration errors are the most difficult to detect 1,2

Focusing on error prevention at the Administration stage, especially with high-alert medications,
can be an opportunity to enhance patient safety.

from prescribing to dispensing stages, mistakes may be noticed and corrected before they reach the patient

Rights of safe administration

Right route

Right time

Right patient

Right dosage

Right documentation

Right medication