Source:

Nursing2015

March 2004, Volume 34 Number 3 , p 21 - 21 [FREE]

Author

  • MICHAEL R. COHEN RPH, DSC, FASHP

Abstract

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(3)             March 2004             p 21 Antineoplastic isn't antibiotic [MEDICATION ERRORS: NAME CONFUSION]

COHEN, MICHAEL R. RPH, DSC, FASHP

Michael R. Cohen is president of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a nonprofit organization that derives its reports from the USP-ISMP Medication Errors Reporting Program. To report medication errors, call the USP at 1-800-23-ERROR (233-7767). You can reach the ISMP at 215-947-7797 or via e-mail at ismpinfo@ismp.org.

A medical student erroneously wrote an order for dactinomycin, a cancer drug, when the attending physician actually wanted the patient to receive the antibiotic daptomycin. Fortunately, the pharmacist recognized that the ordered dose of 6 mg/kg/day of dactinomycin was excessive and called the attending physician for clarification.

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A medical student erroneously wrote an order for dactinomycin, a cancer drug, when the attending physician actually wanted the patient to receive the antibiotic daptomycin. Fortunately, the pharmacist recognized that the ordered dose of 6 mg/kg/day of dactinomycin was excessive and called the attending physician for clarification.

 

If you're unfamiliar with a medication or its dosing, look up the information in a current drug reference. Always make sure the medication is appropriate for your patient's diagnosis.

A medical student erroneously wrote an order for dactinomycin, a cancer drug, when the attending physician actually wanted the patient to receive the antibiotic daptomycin. Fortunately, the pharmacist recognized that the ordered dose of 6 mg/kg/day of dactinomycin was excessive and called the attending physician for clarification.

If you're unfamiliar with a medication or its dosing, look up the information in a current drug reference. Always make sure the medication is appropriate for your patient's diagnosis.