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Journal Article
Review

Medication Errors in the Context of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A Systematic Review.

Lermontov SP, Brasil SC, de Carvalho MR. Cancer nursing. 2019;42:365-372.

Bone marrow transplantation requires complex drug therapy management. This systematic review identified 11 studies reporting both medication prescription and administration errors, as well as issues such illegible writing, polypharmacy, absence of medication reconciliation, and lack of patient education. These errors resulted in a variety of adverse events.  The review identified several prevention measures that can be implemented at the provider-level or systems-level (e.g., computerized prescribing systems).