The contribution of labelling to safe medication administration in anaesthetic practice

Show simple item record Merry, Alan en Shipp, DH en Lowinger, JS en
dc.coverage.spatial Netherlands en 2015-08-04T02:56:57Z en 2011-06 en
dc.identifier.citation Best Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology, 2011, 25 (2), pp. 145 - 159 en
dc.identifier.issn 1753-3740 en
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dc.description.abstract The administration of medications is central to anaesthetists' care of patients. Errors are inevitable in any human endeavour, but should be distinguished from violations. The incidence of medication errors in anaesthesia has been estimated as 1 per 13,000 administrations, excluding errors in recording. Adverse medication events follow a proportion of these errors. Labelling is a key element of medication safety. There is a long-standing need for improvements in the labelling of ampoules and vials. An international standard exists for labelling syringes used during anaesthesia (ISO 26825). Australia has recently released national recommendations for labelling lines and injectable medications that complement this and other relevant standards. The provision of at least some medications in pre-filled syringes would reduce the number of steps involved in medication administration, increase the certainty that syringe labels are correct and probably reduce medication errors. Pre-printed, peel-off flag labels on ampoules and vials are a less expensive alternative to pre-filled syringes to facilitate correct labelling. The medication name on user-applied labels should be matched to that on the relevant ampoule or vial at the time of drawing up any medication. All lines and catheters should be labelled. Any medicine or fluid that cannot be identified (e.g., in an unlabelled syringe or other container) should be considered unsafe and discarded. Reducing adverse medication events will require the engagement of individual anaesthetists. en
dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Best Practice and Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology en
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dc.subject Anesthesiology en
dc.subject Drug Labeling en
dc.subject Humans en
dc.subject Medication Errors en
dc.title The contribution of labelling to safe medication administration in anaesthetic practice en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.bpa.2011.02.009 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 145 en
pubs.volume 25 en
dc.identifier.pmid 21550540 en
pubs.end-page 159 en
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pubs.subtype Journal Article en
pubs.subtype Review en
pubs.elements-id 209994 en
dc.identifier.eissn 1878-1608 en
dc.identifier.pii S1521-6896(11)00028-0 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2015-08-04 en
pubs.dimensions-id 21550540 en

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