Medical errors are a leading cause of mortality in human hospitals. But, do they present similar problems for veterinarians and animals? Although there are numerous studies in human medicine that evaluated the cause and severity of those errors, that same data is less available on the veterinary side. However, a recent study conducted at veterinary hospitals sheds light on medical errors and where they are likely to occur. What’s more, whether you are treating humans or animals, the study found that medication errors are the most common problem. And just as labels prevent medication errors in human hospitals, with effective use and placement, they can prevent medication errors in veterinary practices as well.
It’s the same every season. Each year, from October to May, thousands of people get sick with an avoidable illness. Even with increased awareness and easy access to vaccinations, a high percentage of the population risk getting sick rather than taking steps to remain healthy. Yes, it’s flu season. And although you won’t convince everyone to get a vaccination, flu labels can provide a friendly social influence encouraging more people to get a flu shot and reduce the impact of the illness.