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Letters Anaesthetic drug errors

Reducing drug errors in anaesthesia

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6885
  1. Perry Board, consultant anaesthetist1
  1. 1Leighton Hospital, Crewe CW1 4QJ, UK
  1. perry.board{at}

Merry and colleagues’ new system to reduce drug errors in anaesthesia had an error rate of 9.1 per 100 administrations.1 This seems high, although the most common errors were in drug recording, such as a discrepancy between recorded and observed total dose. These may not be drug errors. Patients probably received the correct dose, but …

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