Healthcare News & Insights

New initiative to reduce medication errors: How hospitals must respond

Medication errors are a significant problem for hospitals and other healthcare providers across the globe. They’re also costly – and have the potential to cause a great deal of harm to patients. To help reduce these adverse events, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new initiative to fight medication errors. 

Big medication errors happening in hospitals

Medication errors are still a significant problem in hospitals. While they’re supposed to be “never events,” they occur at an alarming rate every day – and patients can be seriously harmed as a result. 

Why assessing patients’ health literacy may improve discharge process

For a smoother patient recovery post-discharge (and to reduce the chance of readmission), it’s helpful to cater discharge instructions to each patient’s level of basic health literacy.

Report: Medication errors caused by EHR systems’ default values

Like any tool used in health care, electronic health record (EHR) systems must be used properly or they can create new risks for patient safety. A recent study highlights one potentially dangerous mistake. 

New technology may reduce patient medication errors, cut readmissions

Medication errors are some of the biggest problems causing hospital readmissions, and they’re also a key factor contributing to rising healthcare costs.

Medication errors often kept under wraps in hospitals

New research suggests that medication errors happen fairly often in hospitals, particularly in the intensive care unit (ICU) – and most hospitals aren’t completely transparent about them with patients or staff members.

Avoid medication errors in your pediatric patients

Did you know medication errors are the most common and preventable cause of harm to your pediatric patients?