MEDICATION ERROR: Unfamiliar syringe, wrong route

March 2006 
Volume 36  Number 3
Pages 14 - 14
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An order written for “Tussionex suspension” (chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone), an oral cough medicine, didn't specify the administration route. The pharmacy dispensed the drug in unit-dose oral syringes, but the patient's nurse was unfamiliar with oral syringes.

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