Developing Safe Habits for Practice



Fatal and nonfatal medication errors continue to occur in American healthcare. These are reported in a variety of ways and formats, and can include sensationalistic case reports about a patient receiving the wrong medication or more rigorous science-based research reports. It is often difficult to truly quantify the number of medication errors that occur in the United States each year and the associated costs. Varied definitions used for the terms medication error, adverse drug event, and drug-related problems make for a toxic soup when trying to sort through the true impact and cost associated with medication mistakes. In most instances, it should be enough to know that U.S. patients are harmed by medications each day by well-intentioned caregivers.

Author Biography

Daniel D. Degnan, PharmD, Purdue University College of Pharmacy

Daniel D. Degnan ( currently serves as the associate director for the Professional Skills Lab at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Prior to his role at Purdue, Dr. Degnan served as the medication safety officer at a major health system in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has held leadership positions in national organizations for both pharmacy and healthcare quality.


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How to Cite

Degnan, D. D. (2022). Developing Safe Habits for Practice. Patient Safety, 4(SI), 26–29. Retrieved from
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