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emotional damage has reportedly increased. 4 , 5 The number of owners’ complaints and subsequent inquiries of case outcomes is anticipated to rise. 6 A medical error (ME) in a veterinary practice has been described as an error or omission leading to a

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Introduction Medical error is widespread in both human 1 and veterinary medicine, 2 – 4 although the latter is much less studied. Much of this error is attributable to poor communication, either between the veterinarian-physician and client

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Adverse events and medical errors in veterinary and human medicine are inevitable, and research has only just begun to shed light on the prevalence of these incidents. 1 Medical errors can include those involving medications (eg, wrong medication

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, and we believe the time is now. Why Care About PSC? Studies in human medicine indicate that between 22,000 and 400,000 people die every year as a direct result of medical errors. 14 , 15 In veterinary medicine, 1 study 16 in 130 veterinary

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assess the prevalence of medical errors (specifically, near misses and adverse events) and their personal and professional impact on veterinarians. Overall, 606 veterinarians completed the survey, with 447 (73.8%) reporting having been involved in ≥ 1 NM

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: Effectively responding to medical errors Pharmacologist focuses on approaches to prevent medical errors in veterinary medicine By Coco Lederhouse Medical errors can mean the difference between life and death, but at the same time, are very much a

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second patient effect and less on the specific details of the errors. 7 – 13 Only 3 studies report rates and types of medical errors within veterinary hospitals, and only 1 study describes errors in large animal practice. 7 , 11 , 14 No studies to date

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, found that nurses involved in medical errors could experience constructive change, but could also suffer burnout and moral distress and develop a desire to leave the field of nursing. Given the potential adverse effects of second-guessing and the

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in system 1 processes. Cognitive errors are an important source of medical mistakes. Surveys of physicians and patients report medical errors leading to serious harm in 35% to 42% of cases. 9 This is consistent with autopsy studies, which have

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reference surrounding the importance of sleep as associations between sleep deprivation and medical errors have gained attention. 2 – 4 Prolonged working hours and sleep deprivation also pose substantial risk to both patient care and the health of health

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