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July 24, 2017

Study shows that painkiller prescriptions are more prone to errors if they’re handwritten

There was a curious recent research that proves that painkiller prescriptions are more prone to errors if they’re handwritten. The latest studies show that all sorts of mishaps and mistakes can happen with handwritten prescriptions.

  • The research has concluded that more than forty-two percent of the prescriptions was erroneous in some shape or form. Almost 50% of the prescriptions in the study (47%) were written by hand and nearly 90% of them did not live up to any guidelines or were lacking some valuable forms of patient identification info. The study has also found that precisely zero instances of these types of mistakes were made by the e-prescribing systems.
  • All in all, approximately 92% of prescriptions written by hand had an error and/or didn’t live up to the standards and/or failed to comply with the federal rules. Namely, there were errors in abbreviations and lacking forms of patient identification information.
  • However, this doesn’t cause patients getting the wrong kind of medicine or getting the dose that isn’t right. There are many safety measures implemented, including the pharmacologist double and sometimes triple-checking the prescription. In all likelihood, these types of mistakes and oversights do elevate the risks that could prove serious damage to one’s health.

The main thing to take away from the study is the fact that more practitioners and hospitals need to switch to the e-prescribing systems They have the lowest chance of causing harm to the patients. Obviously, they are not the most cost-effective decision, that’s where all the trouble come from.

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