Correspondence  |   August 2016
Counting Errors: Medication or Medical?
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  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi (Y.M.C.). ychan@umc.edu
  • (Accepted for publication April 20, 2016.)
    (Accepted for publication April 20, 2016.)×
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   August 2016
Counting Errors: Medication or Medical?
Anesthesiology 8 2016, Vol.125, 431-432. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001187
Anesthesiology 8 2016, Vol.125, 431-432. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001187
We congratulate Nanji et al.1  for their recent prospective, observational study defining the frequency of medication errors (MEs) and potential adverse drug events (ADEs) in the operating rooms of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. We read this article with great interest, considering the sensational headlines it has generated in the mainstream media because the incidence of MEs was much higher than previously described. We must take this information seriously and identify methods for reducing MEs and ADEs; however, because of the effort and resources required to address such issues, we must also question the validity and consistency of these data and the conclusions they have generated.
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