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Medication errors raise concerns of healthcare electronic systems

Every day, more and more healthcare providers and institutions in Rhode Island and throughout the U.S. are using electronic systems for record keeping. While many praise the implementation of electronic records, some say that the potential of widespread prescription mistakes is increased. The wrong code selected or a number typed wrong could result in a patient receiving the wrong drug or an incorrect dosage of a drug. A problem in the software itself could multiply this problem, issuing the wrong dosage to every patient on that drug who is in the system.

Majority of mistakes involving EHRs are medication errors

As hospitals and doctors in Rhode Island make the switch from paper records to electronic health records systems - otherwise known as EHRS -- it is important for them to understand the impact that errors with these systems can have on patient care. The information recently gathered from a study may be of assistance to companies building these systems, as well as to hospitals and clinics implementing them.

Doctor suspended after allegations of excessive prescriptions

When a patient visits his or her doctor, whether the patient is in Rhode Island or some other part of the country, a certain amount of trust is required. The patient must trust the doctor to know what type of drug, and how much of that drug, is safe enough to take. While doctors can make drug errors, every once in a while there is a doctor accused of flagrant disregard for the health and safety of his or her patients. Such is the case with a doctor in another part of the country.

Technology key to reducing medication errors

In every field, new technologies and tools are constantly being developed to increase accuracy and efficiency. The medical field is no exception. As more hospitals and clinics adopt widespread use of electronic health records there are additional tools that may also greatly help reduce instances of medication errors.

Acetaminophen Dosing Changes to Protect Rhode Island Children Under Age 2

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's panel of health advisors voted to recommend placing additional dosing information on labels of medicines containing acetaminophen, a common fever reducer and pain reliever. Currently, labels of acetaminophen-containing drugs like Children's Tylenol provide dosing instructions for children over two years old.

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