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Table 11 Pareto Table- causes of medication error related prescribing phase (N = 318)

From: Using total quality management approach to improve patient safety by preventing medication error incidences**

Cause of medication error Score Percent Cumulative percent
b. Poor handwriting orders 24 17.6 17.6
d. Unapproved abbreviations 22 16.2 33.8
f. Metric system 19 14 47.8
h. Unnecessary decimal points 16 11.8 59.6
c. Verbal order 14 10.3 69.9
e. Understaffing 14 10.3 80.1
i. Lack of information on the patient 11 8.1 88.2
a. New staff 9 6.6 94.9
g. Lack of knowledge on the medication 7 5.1 100
Total 136 100