According to a spokesman from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Arizona hospitals that do not train doctors and nurses in medication safety may be putting patients at risk. Hospital education programs that are inconsistent and "siloed," or specific to a particular discipline, may increase the risk of a medication error. Recent studies show that medical practitioners are often lacking in training and knowledge related to medications.
A Pennsylvania-based institute administered a survey to medical practitioners that asked them questions regarding how well-oriented and trained they were at using high-alert drugs and preventing medication errors. The results showed that the average practitioner score was only 64 percent. Another study with similarly alarming results showed that of those hospitals who responded, only 34 percent had staff pharmacists who spend time in patient units to see how drugs were administered and stored. Even worse, only 28 percent of nurses were trained in the pharmacy while going through orientation.