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Prescribing medication errors in hospitalised patients: A prospective study

VESNA BACIC VRCA
Mira BECIREVIC-LACAN
VELIMIR BOZIKOV
MLADEN BIRUS

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APA 6th Edition
BACIC VRCA, V., BECIREVIC-LACAN, M., BOZIKOV, V. & BIRUS, M. (2005). Prescribing medication errors in hospitalised patients: A prospective study. Acta Pharmaceutica, 55 (2), 157-167. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/16753
MLA 8th Edition
BACIC VRCA, VESNA, et al. "Prescribing medication errors in hospitalised patients: A prospective study." Acta Pharmaceutica, vol. 55, no. 2, 2005, pp. 157-167. https://hrcak.srce.hr/16753. Accessed 21 Aug. 2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
BACIC VRCA, VESNA, Mira BECIREVIC-LACAN, VELIMIR BOZIKOV and MLADEN BIRUS. "Prescribing medication errors in hospitalised patients: A prospective study." Acta Pharmaceutica 55, no. 2 (2005): 157-167. https://hrcak.srce.hr/16753
Harvard
BACIC VRCA, V., et al. (2005). 'Prescribing medication errors in hospitalised patients: A prospective study', Acta Pharmaceutica, 55(2), pp. 157-167. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/16753 (Accessed 21 August 2019)
Vancouver
BACIC VRCA V, BECIREVIC-LACAN M, BOZIKOV V, BIRUS M. Prescribing medication errors in hospitalised patients: A prospective study. Acta Pharm. [Internet]. 2005 [cited 2019 August 21];55(2):157-167. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/16753
IEEE
V. BACIC VRCA, M. BECIREVIC-LACAN, V. BOZIKOV and M. BIRUS, "Prescribing medication errors in hospitalised patients: A prospective study", Acta Pharmaceutica, vol.55, no. 2, pp. 157-167, 2005. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/16753. [Accessed: 21 August 2019]

Abstracts
The aims of this prospective study were to determine the incidence and types of prescribing medication errors and ways to prevent them from reaching patients. Data were collected from 4951 prescriptions over a 25 week period in 2002. Medication errors were classified as: incorrect dose, incorrect dose interval, duplication of therapy and drug interactions. The medical record analysis was used to compare prescribing with Croatian literature drug data and AHFS first Web version 2 (American Society of Health System Pharmacists). The incidence of medication errors in the entire sample, including all potential drug interactions, was 14.7%. However, as only 8 interactions (out of 356 potentially possible interactions) were assessed as clinically significant, then the total number of all types of medication errors equals 379. This resulted in an incidence of 7.7%. Dosage errors were the most frequent errors, followed by incorrect interval, drug duplication and drug interaction. The difference between the incidence of potentially possible and clinically significant drug interactions was quite large (7.2 vs. 0.2%). Thus, a critical attitude is necessary when evaluating data on drug interactions. Our findings point to the need of systematic control of prescribed therapies, which could be ensured by the application of the Unit Dose Drug Distribution System. A medication errors reporting program should be established both at hospital and at national levels in Croatia.

Keywords
drug interactions; hospitalised patients; medication errors; prescribing; prospective study

Hrčak ID: 16753

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/16753

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