Medication errors are the most common mistakes in hospitals, contributing to an estimated 7,000 deaths annually.
Research has suggested that, on average, one medication error occurs per patient per day. While some of these medication errors may result in little to no harm, others could be fatal. Serious consequences for patients may range from not receiving the benefit of the intended medication to death from a severe allergic reaction.
Using technology and best practices can dramatically reduce medication errors when a medication is prescribed and given to patients. Leapfrog evaluates hospitals on four of these interventions:
- Computerized physician order entry (CPOE)
- Bar code medication administration (BCMA)
- Medication Reconciliation
- Opioid Prescribing (New in 2020; not scored or publicly reported)