Heart and stroke patients may be victims of fewer medication errors with use of new protocol

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 24, 2010

By following an eight-step protocol, caregivers working with heart and stroke patients could prevent more medication errors, according to a statement in the recent issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Hearth Association. The authors of the statement assert that medication errors affecting patients with acute cardiovascular disease are common, and often the cause of many problems in the way of patient care and health costs. Until regulators and payors band together and call for increased oversight of medication errors as well as reporting of medication errors, the authors do not expect a change.

The list of eight recommendations can be found in this Medical News Today article.