New Study: Medication Errors Frequent in Surgeries (Bloomberg)

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A new study found evidence that roughly half of anesthesiology surgeries completed at Massachusetts General Hospital involved some kind of medication error or medication-related harm. The study raises important questions about the potential for hospitals to improve patient safety, particularly at the intersection of medication and surgery.

“In the operating room things happen very rapidly, and patients’ conditions change quickly, so we don’t have time to go through that whole process [of safeguards], which can take hours,” says Karen Nanji, an anesthesiologist at Mass General and the lead author of the study. Read the article.

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