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Taking medications in the manner prescribed by the health care provider, or in the case of OTC drugs, following the instructions on the label or as provided by the prescriber; also called compliance:



A tool that helps health care agencies identify processes where errors may occur related to prescription, dispensing, and administration:

Health care failure mode and effect analysis (HFMEA).


Drugs that have a high risk of causing significant harm to the patient when used in error:

High-alert medications


Legal documentation of all pharmacotherapies received by the patient:

Medication administration record (MAR)


Any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care provider, patient, or consumer:

Medication error


Categorization of medication errors according to the degree of harm an error can cause:

Medication error index


The process of keeping track of a patient's medications as the patient's care proceeds from one health care provider to another:

Medication reconciliation


Taking multiple drugs concurrently:



System of reducing medication errors by modifying policies and procedures within the institution:

Risk management


Attempts to focus attention on the causes of the medication error, rather than on the person responsible for the error:

Root-cause analysis (RCA)


An unexpected death or injury, or the risk of death or injury from medication errors:

Sentinel event