Table 4

Rates of error at different stages of the intravenous administration process (% expressed as proportion of errors)

AuthorNumber of included infusionsPrescribing (%)Preparation (%)Administration (%)
Cousins2733 (1)182 (66.7)
Ghaleb*155485 (5.5)
Narula4614 (30.4)18 (39.1)14 (30.4)
O’Hare29125 (8.6)266 (91.4)
Taxis43062 (14.4)155 (36)
Thomas699147 (21.1)172 (24.6)385 (55.1)
Wirtz14017/77 (22)17/63 (26.9)
Total3433161 (0.05)297 (8.65)1104 (32.1)
  • Spaces left blank indicate no reported data pertaining to intravenous medicines.

  • *Data reported all types of error but certain IV error types were extractable and are presented.