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Nursing issues
Context-specific technology-based solutions may reduce the risk of preventable medication harm across healthcare settings
  1. Lynn Acheson,
  2. Sumeeta Kapoor
  1. Acute Pain Services, Department of Anesthesia, Alberta Health Services, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Sumeeta Kapoor, Acute Pain Services, Department of Anesthesia, Alberta Health Services, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, AB T2N 4C8, Canada; sumeeta.kapoor{at}ahs.ca

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Commentary on: Hodkinson A, Tyler N, Ashcroft DM, et al. Preventable medication harm across health care settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2020; 18:313

Implications for practice and research

  • Accessible centralised digital platforms should be employed to real-time prescribing, dispensing, administrating and monitoring medications as well as reporting of actual and near missed errors.

  • Healthcare researchers should study local healthcare settings to develop context-specific comprehensive understanding about the patterns of preventable medication errors, resulting harms and workable solutions.

Context

Preventable medication harm is a persistent and serious medical issue globally.1 The healthcare systems and processes change rapidly, so do the nature and types of the medical harm across healthcare settings.2 Hodkinson et al conducted a comprehensive and systematic literature review to update the current estimated rates of prevalence, severity and type of preventable medication …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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