Drug Pump's Deadly Trail

Number 17311
Subject Medical Reporting
Source Democrat (Tallahassee, Fla.)
State Fla.
Year 2000
Publication Date May 6, 12, 25 and 28, 2000
Summary "This project questions the standard conclusion that a great deal of blame falls on nursing errors - especially medication errors. In many cases, it's not the people. It's the machine. The Tallahassee Democrat shows that one of the most common hospital bedside devices - the drug pump - is so prone to human error that it invites mistake. What's worse, when misprogrammed, the pump defaults to a setting that, when used with morphine, is instantly lethal."
Pages 16
Keywords nurses;medical devices;medicine;hospitals Abbott Laboratories
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