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E-prescriptions could help prevent medication errors

Perhaps one of the oldest jokes in medicine involves the poor handwriting skills of many doctors. Doctors are known to dash off illegible prescriptions for their patients to have filled. And while doctors in days gone by may have had no choice but to write out prescriptions, the years have seen technological advances that may make the sloppy script a thing of the past.

Nurse's error possibly contaminates 24 Arizona prisoners

Medical treatment under any circumstance requires careful planning, following procedure and attention to detail. Medication injury can occur when medical staff make errors that cause the wrong drug to be administered or contaminates the supply of a drug. The Arizona Board or Nursing was notified, and a nurse was put on suspension following mistakes that may have exposed two dozen Arizona inmates to blood-borne pathogens such as HIV or hepatitis.

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