Study: color-coding medications and syringes prevents errors during surgery

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 4, 2009

A new study shows that transferring a peel-off colored sticker from a medication vial to a syringe reduces the rate of medication error during surgery, reports Renal & Urology News. The study, done by researchers at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, tested the accuracy and efficiency of staff members during surgery by simulating an operating room. Participants were asked to load a medication from a vial into a syringe correctly and at a rapid pace using black and white labels, colored labels, and peel-off colored labels. Results showed fewer errors when using the peel-off labels.

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