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Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 41: Preventing errors relating to commonly used anticoagulants

September 24, 2008

sea 41 anticoagulantReports of accidental deaths and overdosing due to the improper use of anticoagulant drugs have received significant public attention. Anticoagulants have been identified as one of the top five drug types associated with patient safety incidents in the United States.  In the United Kingdom, anticoagulants are one of the classes of drugs commonly associated with fatal medication errors.