Good Idea, Bad Execution: Dosing Errors, A Preventable Harm

Crossposted at Science-Based Medicine, today’s post expands on a prior SBP post.

Our desire to practice in a science-based way can face many hurdles, and can even be thwarted at the last possible moment – in the form of dosing errors. The workup may have been comprehensive, the diagnosis could be correct, the most clinically and cost-effective intervention chosen, and whammo. An overdose or underdose, possible toxicity, and a failure to achieve the desired outcome. It’s a completely avoidable, but often overlooked aspect of the practice of medicine. Continue reading