The denouement of Jon and Kate has left me thinking about medication use, a topic that could reasonably be expected to arise in an upcoming episode. So, in the short window of clarity that followed the "ah-ha" moment when I learned Jon and Kate ain't great, I jotted down eight things about medication safety that you, too, probably knew all along. (Apparently, we should be shocked, shocked to find that gambling has been going on here!)
1. If you routinely identify patients using 2 distinct identifiers and engage them in the care that's about to occur, you're less likely to give a patient the wrong medicine, conduct the wrong test, or perform the wrong surgery.