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Identification and Documentation of various Medication Related Errors developed in Hospitalized Patients of a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital

Received On: 09/10/2018
Accepted On: 15/10/2018


Divya Amaravadi, M Sohail, M Ziauddin, Sushanta Das, Vasudha Bakshi

Author's Affiliation

  1. (Divya Amaravadi)Assistant Professor, Department of Pharm. D, Anurag Group of Institution-School of Pharmacy, Ghatkesar, Hyderabad -500088, Telangana State, India.
  2. (M Sohail)Chief Pharmacist, New Sunny Medical Centre LLC, Rolla Square Park, P.O. Box: 64684 Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  3. (M Ziauddin)Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Omega Hospitals, Road Number 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad- 500034, Telangana State, India.
  4. (Sushanta Das)Associate Professor & Coordinator, Department of Pharm. D, CMR College of Pharmacy, Kandlakolya (V), Hyderabad – 501401 Telangana State, India.
  5. (Vasudha Bakshi)Dean, Anurag Group of Institutions-School of Pharmacy, Ghatkesar, Hyderabad -500088, Telangana State, India.


Medication related errors is serious problems in health care and can be a source of significant mortality and morbidity. Hence, reporting is encouraged to know the incidence rates which help in preventing them. The aim of this study was to identify and document medication related errors in hospitalized patients at a tertiary care centre and to review the updated case sheets on prescribed medications, regularly. A prospective observational case analysis study was conducted between November 2013 and April 2014 at Gandhi Hospital, Secunderabad. A structured data collection form was prepared to document the case details for identification and documentation of drug(s) involved in medication related errors. Collected case data was summarized categorically and analyzed to conclude the final outcome. Total of 71 types of medication related errors observed and documented. Patients with maximum medication related errors were male (70.42%). The study reported maximum errors of untreated indication (18) followed by wrong dose (14). Route of administration showing maximum errors were in case of tablets 28 errors followed by 19 errors due to injections. Seven Point Severity scale (0-6) showed maximum medication related errors found to be of level 1 and level 2 (21 errors each). Study showed Medication Related Errors occur frequently in inpatient medical wards. Clinical pharmacist’s interventions can effectively prevent these errors by identification and documentation at the early stage. This indicates need for continuous educational program to healthcare professionals on drug therapy problems which will help for better patient safety.


Medication related error (MRE), documentation, identification

Cite This Article

Divya, A., Sohail, M., Ziaunddin, M., Sushanta, K. D., Bakshi, V. (2018). Identification and Documentation of various Medication Related Errors developed in Hospitalized Patients of a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital. International Journal for Pharmaceutical Research Scholars, 7(4), 1-9.

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