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Medication errors in hospitals: what can be done?

Clifford F Hughes
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (5): 267-268.
Published online: 3 March 2008

An integrated comprehensive approach to medication error is a national imperative

Medication errors are among the most common incidents reported in public hospitals.1,2 This is not surprising, given that every admitted patient receives some medication. If medication is one of the hallmarks of treatment in our institutions, it, more than any part of our practice, should be made safer and, wherever possible, error-proof.

  • Clifford F Hughes

  • Clinical Excellence Commission, Sydney, NSW.


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