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Table 3 Descriptive analysis of frequency and type of chemotherapy medication errors over 1 year

From: Chemotherapeutic errors in hospitalised cancer patients: attributable damage and extra costs

  Number of errors
Type of chemotherapy medication errors Haematology Medical Oncology Pneumology Others specialities1 Pharmacy Total
Prescription error       
Erroneous choice of antineoplastic regimen 20 5 3 3 - 31
Data missing on the prescription 128 28 25 15 - 196
Wrong dose       
< 10% 13 11 11 4 - 39
[10-50%[ 26 18 28 15 - 87
[50-100%] 15 9 2 4 - 30
> 100% 2 4 3 2 - 11
Withdrawal of medical approval 5 3 5 1 - 14
Total (1) 209 78 77 44 - 408
Pharmaceutical error      
Pharmaceutical analysis - - - - 4 4
Data entry - - - - 4 4
Fabrication - - - - 26 26
Storage - - - - 1 1
Dispensation - - - - 1 1
Total (2) - - - - 36 36
Drug administration error       
Total (3) 3 - - 2 - 5
Total (1+2+3) 212 78 77 46 36 449
Number of antineoplastic agents prepared by pharmacy 11866 5270 2743 2259 22138 -
Percentage of medication errors 1.79 1.48 2.81 2.04 0.16 -
  1. 1Others specialities included gastroenterology (23 medication errors) and radiotherapy (23 medication errors)