TABLE 2.

Type of Physician Prescription Errors*

Type of Errorn% of All ErrorsNo. of Errors That Were Significant or Severe
Wrong dose13349.1%68/133
Wrong frequency11743.2%52/117
Wrong route§72.6%2/7
Wrong drug51.8%4/5
Information72.6%3/7
Other20.7%1/2
Total271(100%)130/271
  • * More than 1 type of error could occur in 1 order.

  • Eg, acetaminophen 100 mg/kg/d, or cefuroxime 250 mg/kg/dose.

  • Eg, acyclovir every 12 hours instead of every 8 hours.

  • § Eg, adrenaline ordered but no route specified.

  • Eg, amoxicillin given for gastroenteritis.

  • Eg, drug to which the patient was potentially allergic was given.