A high percentage of hospitalized patients require the administration of medications intravenously during their stay. However, although the use of an IV is commonplace, it is not without risk, and errors do often occur due to the negligence of the medical staff. Depending on the nature of the error, the patient may suffer severe long-term effects, or in some circumstances, death.
Some of the common IV mistakes, whether involving preparation or administration of the medication, include:
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