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Color coding reduces medical errors

October 20, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Researchers say they've found a low-tech way to prevent medication mistakes. The study, conducted at Penn State, says that color-coding medication bottles and needles prevents potentially harmful errors in emergency rooms.

Another bonus - the color-coding system is less expensive than some other high-tech ways previously proposed.

Some pharmacies already use the color-coding system.

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