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Medication Safety in Obstetrics and Gynecology

CIARKOWSKI, SCOTT L. RPH, MBA*; STALBURG, CAREN M. MD, MA

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 3 - pp 482-499
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181ec14c0
Medical Errors And Safety Systems

The safe prescribing, use, administration, and monitoring of medications are an important component of patient safety efforts and are of particular importance to the obstetrician/gynecologist. Safe use of medications requires a team-based approach focused on medication safety with effective 2-way communication, use of technology to prevent and identify errors, diligent monitoring of the medication's effects on the patient, and use of standardized protocols to decrease the likelihood of a medication error.

*Departments of Pharmacy Services

Obstetrics/Gynecology and Medical Education, University of Michigan Health System, L4000 Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Correspondence: Caren M. Stalburg, MD, MA, Departments of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Medical Education, University of Michigan Health System, L4000 Women's Hospital, SPC 5008, Ann Arbor, MI. E-mail: carens@umich.edu

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