Doctors must read drug labels, not whinge about them

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7330.170 (Published 19 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:170
  1. J A W Wildsmith, professor of anaesthesia (j.a.w.wildsmith@dundee.ac.uk)
  1. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY

    EDITOR—Twice last year the BMJ gave column space to doctors reporting confusion between ampoules of water, saline, and lignocaine (also called lidocaine) for injection. 1 2 These doctors blame the similarity in ampoule shape and colour rather than admitting to the fundamental problem of having simply failed to read the label.

    In my view, the differences between the …

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