Mix-ups with decimal points can lead to ten-fold dosing errors
Mix-ups with decimal points can lead to ten-fold dosing errors.
Misplaced decimal points are well-known for being the culprits of terrible med errors. For example, mistaking Coumadin 1.0 mg for Coumadin 10 mg means that a patient would get TEN times the intended amount of the blood thinner...and could lead to serious bleeding events.
Watch decimal points closely. Being off one decimal point means a patient will receive ten times too much or too little of a medication.