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The correlation between temporary staff and medication errors

A study in the Journal for Healthcare Quality originally published in November 2010 and titled, :Are Temporary Staff Associated with More Severe Emergency Department Medication Errors?” was designed to evaluate whether medication errors in an Emergency Department linked to temporary staff  were associated with more severe harm than those linked to permanent staff.  The results of the study did indeed show a correlation between errors involving temporary staff and increased patient harm.   Errors involving temporary staff were more likely to reach the patient, require additional monitoring, cause temporary harm and classified as life threatening than those involving permanent staff.  The researchers concluded that emergency department medication errors associated with temporary staff were more harmful than those associated with permanent staff.