Mixing up letters and numbers can be a big source of med errors
Mixing up letters and numbers can be a big source of med errors.
Poor handwriting and tricky computer fonts can often be misinterpreted. For example, confusing the number "3" for the number "8" in a date of birth can lead to the wrong patient getting the wrong med.
Scan incoming Rxs before entering them into the computer...and clarify any questionable orders. An Rx written as "NovoRapid 5 u" can easily look like "NovoRapid 54"...since the letter "u" and the number "4" look similar on a poorly written or faxed copy.