Medications that are unaccounted for in hospitals: discrepancies in electronic records

Valentina Lichtner
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51432
Published online: 21 March 2022

Reasons for inconsistencies need to be investigated to reduce the levels of medications that go missing

Undocumented medication use in hospitals potentially poses risks for patients, staff, and the hospital organisation.1,2 A variety of reasons may explain why medications are unaccounted for, including diversion3 and workarounds.4,5

  • Valentina Lichtner

  • University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom


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