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Drug errors injure more than 1.5 million a year
Report calls for all prescriptions to be electronic by 2010
The Associated Press
Updated: 6:47 p.m. ET July 20, 2006
WASHINGTON - More than 1.5 million Americans are injured every year by drug errors in hospitals, nursing homes and doctors offices, a count that doesnt even estimate patients own medication mix-ups, says a report that calls for major steps to increase patient safety.
Topping that list: All prescriptions should be written electronically by 2010, the Institute of Medicine said. At least a quarter of all medication-related injuries are preventable, the institute concluded in the report it released Thursday.
Perhaps the most stunning finding of the report was that, on average, a hospitalized patient is subject to at least one medication error per day, despite intense efforts to improve hospital care in the six years since the institute began focusing attention on medical mistakes of all kinds.
The new probe couldnt say how many victims of drug errors die. A 1999 estimate put the number of deaths, conservatively, at 7,000 a year. Also unknown is how many of the injuries are serious.
walkin on 2006-08-21
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