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Table 2 Summary of different types of dispensing errors in study hospitals

From: Nature of dispensing errors in selected hospitals providing free healthcare: a multi-center study in Sri Lanka

  SH 1
(N = 248 prescriptions)
SH 2
(N = 84 prescriptions)
SH 3
(N = 88 prescriptions)
Total
(N = 420 prescriptions)
Labelling errors, N (%) 6146
(65.0%)
1644
(56.5%)
2733
(63.2%)
10,523
(63.1%)
Concomitant prescribing and dispensing errors, N (%) 1878
(19.9%)
771
(24.4%)
858
(19.8%)
3507
(21.0%)
Documentation errors, N (%) 948
(10.0%)
400
(13.7%)
424
(9.8%)
1772
(10.6%)
Content errors, N (%) 477
(5.0%)
87
(3.0%)
248
(5.7%)
812
(4.9%)
Other errors, N (%) 6
(0.1%)
9
(0.3%)
60
(1.4%)
75
(0.4%)
Total 9455
(56.7%)
2911
(17.4%)
4323
(25.9%)
16,689
(100.0%)
  1. (Total number of errors encountered from each hospital was used as the denominator to calculate column percentages. N, Number of prescriptions analyzed. Other errors = Errors made in the dispensing process which are not content, labelling, documentation or concomitant prescribing and dispensing errors)