Errors following surgery are unfortunately common. According to a study, it is estimated that about half of such errors can lead to serious health issues for the patient. And it is also felt that the current safety protocol of most hospitals will not prevent these types of errors from occurring.
Most medication errors occur during administration of the drugs. Many medications are being administered by IV, and since many are administered by using a number of doses and varying timings, the chance that a medication error could occur is great.
Medical staff needs to be responsive to the individual needs of their patients. A failure to abide by protocol or review a patient's medical history can often lead to devastating results.