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Table 3 Breakdown of errors by potential severity, preventability and actual clinical impact

From: Chemotherapy prescribing errors: an observational study on the role of information technology and computerized physician order entry systems

  All errors n = 181
Potential severity, n (%)  
Minor 130 (72)
Moderate 45 (25)
Major 4 (2)
Catastrophic 2 (1)
Potential preventability, n (%)  
Definitely preventable 120 (66)
Probably preventable 60 (33)
Probably not preventable 1 (1)
Not preventable 0 (0)
Actual clinical impact, n (%)  
Preventable ADEa 58 (32)
Near misses 123 (68)
  1. aADE: Adverse Drug Event.