Prescription errors. Legibility and drug name confusion.

Title

Prescription errors. Legibility and drug name confusion.

Creator

Brodell R T; Helms S E; KrishnaRao I; Bredle D L

Publisher

Archives of family medicine

Date

1997
1997-06

Description

Inadvertent drug substitution occurred in several instances in our practices due to the combination of the physician's illegible handwriting on prescriptions and the pharmacist's misinterpretation of subtle clues, which might have prevented the errors. The literature on the legibility of physician handwriting is reviewed. Our specific recommendations include using preprinted prescription pads, training staff assistants who write prescriptions, printing complete directions on each prescription, and aggressively educating each patient about the name and purpose of all drugs being prescribed. Patients are encouraged to bring their medications to each office visit to identify potential errors.

Subject

*Handwriting; *Medication Errors; Humans; Interprofessional Relations

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

296–298

Issue

3

Volume

6

Citation

Brodell R T; Helms S E; KrishnaRao I; Bredle D L, “Prescription errors. Legibility and drug name confusion.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 24, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/2891.

Social Bookmarking