Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory
Medication Errors in Labor and Delivery: Reducing Maternal and Fetal Harm
Practitioners who work in labor and delivery units may administer
a variety of medications during the birthing process that, when
used in error, may adversely affect both the mother and the fetus.
In events reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, the
predominant medication error types associated with the labor and
delivery unit were dose-omission errors and wrong-drug errors.
Data Snapshot: Maternal Complications
A search of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority's reporting
system database results in identification of 256 reports of maternal
complications causing harm to mothers.