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Chemotherapy orders may be error-prone, study finds

Preparing chemotherapy for cancer patients at Canadian hospitals is potentially prone to errors, say researchers who embedded themselves in the system to see what improvements could be made. Since a cancer patient in Edmonton died in 2006 after an infusion pump was wrongly programmed to deliver a strong dose of fluorouracil over four hours instead of four days as intended, oncologists, pharmacists, nurses and researchers have been searching for ways to prevent a similar occurrence.

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