Though estimates vary across studies and countries, medication errors are responsible for millions of adverse events worldwide. Reported medication errors are only a small fraction of what really happens and the real rate is estimated to be between 2 and 14% of patients admitted to hospital, with estimations of around 1–2% of patients being harmed as a result.44
The estimated NHS costs of definitely avoidable Adverse Drug reactions in secondary care are £14.8 million causing 85 deaths and contributing to 1,081 deaths.46
In the UK, it is estimated that 237,396,371 medication errors occur at some point in the medication use process in England per annum. 20% of those are happening in secondary care. The proportion of errors occurring at each stage of the medicines use process in secondary care is: 8.5% prescribing, 7.1% transition, 2.9% dispensing, 78.6% administration, and 2.9% monitoring.46
Medication errors reduce quality of care and are a significant economic burden to healthcare institutions
18.7-56% of all adverse events among hospitalised patients result from preventable medication errors21
Administration errors are the hardest to intercept, causing direct harmful consequences for patients22
Intravenous infusion (IV) administration errors pose a significant burden to hospitals
of all patients receive
IV medications during
of patients admitted to ICU
experience at least
one medication error24
Dispensing errors can lead to inappropriate therapy and are often under-reported
A dispensing error rate of up to
has been observed in prospective studies25
A culture of safety goes beyond products. Solutions to improve medication errors are made from a combination of products, services and capabilities – and this is where our expertise can help you in building and supporting this culture
Developing and maintaining a culture of safety not only protects and reduces harm, but supports improving:
Reductions in avoidable patient harm
Delivery of high-quality patient care
Clinical decision making
From diagnostics to pharmacy to patient, BD's unique portfolio and capabilties can help you prevent, identify and reduce medication errors by impacting multiple stages of the patient journey.
Sample Collection and Analysis
Improved sample quality resulting in faster and more consistent results, - greater diagnostic accuracy, reduction in collection errors and poor quality samples and retesting.
More accurate, rapid and appropriate diagnostics to enable more effective clinical decision-making and fully informed prescription.
Drug prescription and transcription
errors through an
planning and prescription
Reduced IV compounding errors by standardizing workflow through an integrated, gravimetric solution with full traceability
that drives safer and more efficient chemotherapy preparation.
Reduced medication dispensing errors from drug reception to patient increasing nursing efficiency, optimizing drug inventory and total cost of ownership through automation and integration.
Closed-loop dose error reduction solution (combining drug library, infusion analytics, enterprise management software and clinical services) reducing IV related administration errors.
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