Inadvertent administration of sufentanil instead of fentanyl during sedation/analgesia in a community hospital emergency department: A report of two cases

C. D. Chisholm, F. Klanduch

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Abstract

The authors report two cases of inadvertent administration of sufentanil instead of fentanyl during patient sedation/analgesia in a community hospital emergency department (ED). Both cases resuited in reversible adverse drug events (ADEs) to the respective patients. In tracing the steps involved in the cause of these errors, the authors discovered several components common to identified pathways that result in ADEs. These include similarities in product packaging appearance and names of these two medications, along with nursing unfamiliarity with the medications. Medication 'sound-alikes' and 'look-alikes' continue to be a source of potential error in the ED.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1282-1284
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

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Keywords

  • Adverse drug events
  • Fentanyl
  • Medication error
  • Sufentanil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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