In its landmark 1999 report, To Err is Human, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that medication errors contribute to 7,000 deaths a year. In Preventing Medication Errors (2006), the IOM estimated more than 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events in the nation each year.
Medication errors are far too common in all settings of health care, and can be especially problematic as patients move between settings. Efforts are underway in New York, however, to increase drug safety and reduce medication errors. Read the rest of this entry »