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Wednesday, March 04, 2009 9:00 AM

Radiocast: Toolkit Helps Reduce Medication Errors in Hospitals

Debra: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. A 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine found that an average hospital patient may experience up to one medication error a day. But medication errors don’t only happen at large medical facilities. In fact, errors often occur in smaller rural hospitals, too. A new patient safety toolkit from AHRQ is designed to help such hospitals provide safer care when it comes to dispensing medications. Project Director Dr. Kathryn Jones explains:

Dr. Jones: The toolkit focuses on helping hospitals to become learning organizations by providing tools such as standardized medication error reporting forms, a safe medication practices checklist, feedback reports, and structured communication tools.

Debra: To learn more about this and dozens of other health topics, go to healthcare411.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Debra James for Healthcare 411.

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