Enhancing Medication Safety

Medications are the most common treatment options used in medical practice. If used appropriately and safely, they provide significant improvement in health and promote patient well-being. It is the responsibility of every healthcare provider to ensure that medications are used carefully and that errors at any step of medication use are avoided.

An in-app survey on WhiteCoats was conducted to know the doctor’s knowledge and perception about medication errors in their clinical practice.

A total of 132 doctors participated in the in-app survey, which included, ENT (43.18%), Fetal Medicine Specialist (15.15%), Ophthalmologist (12.12%), Paediatrician (9.09%), Orthopaedist (6.81%), General Practitioner (6.06%), Gynaecologist (4.54%), Dermatologist (2.27%), and Chest Physician (0.75%).

91.66% of doctors consider factors like allergies, pregnancy, ongoing medications, and co-morbidities while prescribing drugs to any patient.

When asked which methods are followed for prescribing medications, 81.81% of doctors gave written prescriptions, 3.03% of doctors gave verbal prescriptions along with written prescriptions while only 15.16% of doctors followed the method of printed prescriptions.

72.72% of physicians think that patients with co-morbid conditions, those on multiple drugs, and those visiting more than one doctor are at a high risk of a medication error.

Only 48.48% of doctors monitor their patients for side effects, effective outcomes of the drug, drug levels as well as dose calculations.

98.48% of doctors who responded agreed that it is important to follow the 5 (R’s) Right- Drug, Route, Dose, Time, and Patient while prescribing medications.

8% of doctors did not consider factors like either allergy, pregnancy, co-morbidities or ongoing drugs while prescribing medications Printed prescriptions are not provided by almost 85% of physicians Around 27% of doctors think that either patient on multiple drugs, with comorbidities or those visiting multiple doctors, are not at a risk of facing medication errors 52% did not monitor their patients for any or either of the factors like side-effects, drug levels, effective drug outcome, and dose calculation Medication errors can also lead to adverse drug reactions. Thus, ensuring medication safety at every step is vital to provide satisfying and quality care to your patients.

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