Preventing Medication Errors

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1. Medication errors are the ___th leading causes of death.

  a. 5

  b. 6

  c. 7

  d. 8


2. Preventable errors cost $____ billion annually in the USA.

  a. 17

  b. 35

  c. 45

  d. 55


3. ___% of people are effected by medication errors.

  a. 22

  b. 32

  c. 42

  d. 52


4. Medication orders should be given ___.

  a. verbally

  b. in writing

  c. both


5. Medication errors may be ___.

  a. knowledge-based

  b. rule-based

  c. action-based

  d. all 3


6. The IOM emphasized that most medical errors are ___.

  a. misconduct

  b. individual errors

  c. system-based

  d. plain mistakes


7. The key to reducing medical errors is on improving the ___.

  a. individuals

  b. medication delivery

  c. system of delivery

  d. reporting


8. Research clearly shows that ___ of medical errors can be prevented.

  a. 20%

  b. 90%

  c. the minority

  d. the majority


9. Medical errors are responsible for injury in as many as 1 of every ___ hospital patients.

  a. 15

  b. 25

  c. 35

  d. 45


10. Pharmacists should actively participate by being available for consultation with prescribers by ___ of medication ordering

  a. monitoring

  b. administration

  c. preparation

  d. all 3


11. Dispense medications in ___ doses.

  a. unit

  b. metric

  c. cubic

  d. available


12. Identify all "high alert" drugs such as ___.

  a. opiates

  b. narcotics

  c. insulin

  d. all 3