I am a home hospice nurse, and when I get new patients after they have been discharged from the hospital, the list of drugs included in their paperwork is always wrong. Some mistakes are minor: The list includes a relatively harmless drug the patient no longer needs or it leaves off a minor dose adjustment. But other mistakes are more serious — the list may include an important prescription the patient never knew to fill or may have the patient on two medications that can be dangerous when taken together.
"Many Drugs and Many Doctors Lead to Many Mistakes" is from the March 15, 2018 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Theresa Brown and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.