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Diane Cope
CJON 2002, 6(6), 321-322 DOI: 10.1188/02.CJON.321-322

A 1999 Institutes of Medicine report indicated that almost 98,000 patients die each year from medication errors. As a result, medical institutions have taken steps to help reduce this number and provide better cancer care. The DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, implemented a multidisciplinary, triple-check system to reduce dosing errors. At DeVos, the standard of care requires that all three disciplines—oncology, pharmacy, and nursing—ensure that the dosages are correct for patients’ size, the math to calculate them has been done correctly, and protocols have been interpreted correctly.

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