Experiences and thoughts of anesthesiologists on drug errors in Turkey Türkiye'de anestezi doktorlarinin yanliş i̇laç uygulamalari konusunda deneyim ve Düşünceleri

PAMUK A. G., ÜZÜMCÜGİL F., Çelebioǧlu B., AYPAR Ü.

Turk Anesteziyoloji ve Reanimasyon Dernegi Dergisi, vol.35, no.4, pp.256-267, 2007 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Name: Turk Anesteziyoloji ve Reanimasyon Dernegi Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.256-267
  • Keywords: Anesthesia, Drug errors, Questionnaire
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: Drug errors occur more than expected and result in serious complications. We planned this study, in order to learn the suggestions that may decrease the drug errors, by reporting the frequency and causes (experience, administration number, administration habits) of the drug errors of anesthesiologists in Turkey. Materials and Methods: The participant aneshesiologists in the 2003. Turkish Anesthesiology and Reanimation National Congress, were given a questionnaire, which was consisted of questions addressing the working standarts, habits of drug administration, experiences of drug errors, as well as the questions about their thoughts of improvement. The results are reported in definitive numbers and cumulative percents. Results: 160 questionnaires were included in the study. Most participants were working in universities and community hospitals. % 67.5 of them reported 1-5 drug errors in a life-time, while % 77.5 reported 1-5 error in the past year. There were some participants reporting drug errors more than these numbers, but no participant reported any sequelae or mortality. The most common factors resulting in drug errors were thought to be the changes in syringes and vials; and dosage mistakes. The most common factor thought to provide most improvement was color coding system (74 participants). The feedback systems were not thought to be feasible (21 participants). Conclusion: This questionnaire may be accepted as a pilot study, providing attention to this problem. We suggest that, protocols for precaution, considering opportunities and habits of our community, structured by international guidelines should be made and applied to correct the system errors rather than personal errors.