Easily Mixed-Up Medication Tubes Cause Patient Deaths and Injuries

For years, patient safety experts have known that medical devices, like tubes that deliver food and drugs to hospitalized patients, need to be designed so that predictable mix-ups don't hurt patients. If a tube is safe if it goes through the nose to deliver food to the stomach, it should not be possible to hook up the same tube to a line that delivers medication to a blood vessel, since that could kill the patient.

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