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Applying human factors in improving medication-use safety

Author(s): Schneider,PJ.
In this descriptive study the author summarizes the highlights of an interactive conference on human factors (HF) and t applications to improve medication safety. The author describes the various human factors concepts and tools and their applications in reducing human errors, thus improving medication safety.
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Medication Errors Observed in 36 Healthcare Facilities

Author(s): Barker, K. N., Flynn, E. A., Pepper, G. A., Bates, D. W., Mikeal, R. L.
The authors in this study aimed to measure and compare the medication error rates at 36 healthcare facilities in Georgia and Colorado. Three different facility types were randomly stratified and included in the study; Joint Commission accredited hospitals, Joint Commission non-accredited hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. The main aim was to observe if the medication error rates in these healthcare settings differ by facility type (by bed size) or by State.
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Medication Dispensing Errors in Community Pharmacies: A Nationwide Study

Author(s): Flynn, E. A., Dorris, N. T., Holman, G. T., Camahan, B. J., Barker, K. N
The available literature concerning medication dispensing errors provides relatively few studies that focus on community-based pharmacies, as much of the available research regarding dispensing errors has been conducted in single pharmacies that are associated with hospitals and medical centers, largely due to convenience. Although the dispensing process may be essentially the same, the validity of extending these findings to community pharmacies has yet to be tested. 
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Human factors error and patient monitoring

Author(s): Walsh, T., Beatty, P.C.

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Author(s): Hendrich, A., Fay, J., Sorrells, A.

Surviving a stay in the hospital

Author(s): Dulong, J.

The hostile environment of the intensive care unit

Author(s): Donchin, Y., Seagull, F.J.

Causes of prescribing errors in hospital inpatients: a prospective study

Author(s): Dean, B., Schachter, M., Vincent, C., Barber, N.

New vistas. Evidence-based design projects look into the links between a facility's environment and its care

Author(s): Bilchik, G.S.

The Veterans Affairs Root Cause Analysis System in Action

Author(s): Bagian, J.P., Gosbee, J., , Lee, C. Z, Williams, L., McKnight, S. D, Mannos, D. M.