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Technological solutions suggested for the 1.5 million preventable drug-related injuries

One common form of medical malpractice is preventable drug-related injuries. At least 1.5 million occurred in 2006. Of those, 98,000 deaths occurred both because of mistakes in administering drugs and because of infections contracted in hospitals. A recent article offered a potential solution in new technologies. The technology discussed continually verifies that when the medication is drawn at the nursing station, it is checked against the patient record, confirming the time and dose. If implemented successfully in hospitals nationwide, the overwhelming number of preventable drug-related injuries could be avoided.

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