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Table 3 Number of failure modes identified for each step of the main process

From: Application of failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to improve medication safety in the dispensing process – a study at a teaching hospital, Sri Lanka

Main process of dispensing Number of identified failure modes
Team A
(N = 48)
Team B
(N = 42)
Pharmacist receives the prescription 1 2
Pharmacist checks the prescription 9 10
Pharmacist selects pre-packed medication packets with attached labels and writes instructions on them 5 12
Pharmacist labels medication packing envelopes and fills medications to them 13 9
Pharmacist dispenses medications with verbal instructions 14 6
Pharmacist documents details of accountable medications dispensed 6 3