Federico, F., Benjamin, B., & Cohen, M. (2011). Drug shortages: A patient safety crisis. Healthcare Executive, 26(5):80-83. Retrieved from http://www.ihi.org/knowledge/Pages/Publications/DrugShortagesAPatientSafetyCrisis.aspx.
Hospitals and health care providers in the United States are facing an unexpected challenge to their patient safety efforts: a critical shortage of prescription drugs. The errors and harm that result from drug shortages can manifest themselves in many ways. This article outlines the key issues and provides guidance for leaders in supporting their medical staff members, who are increasingly called on to improvise without jeopardizing patient safety.