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The deaths of three newborns from a medication error at an Indianapolis hospital put Kyle Hultgren on a new mission — to improve medication safety in Indiana and across the country.

“Events like that leave everyone asking if it could happen to them during their next hospital visit,” says Hultgren, director for the Center for Medication Safety Advancement. “It is sad that it took a tragedy like that to inspire me to focus on this area. But through our work at the Center, we want to give people confidence in the medical care they receive. We want the families of those newborns to be the last people who have to tell a story like that.”

Hultgren and his team at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy’s Center for Medication Safety Advancement, which was established in 2010, develop systems to reduce medication errors, prevent and manage adverse drug events, and promote safe medication use practices. The Center accomplishes the mission through three key areas — discovery, outreach and engagement.

“We want to make sure that when you go to the doctor, hospital or pharmacy, you are confident you are receiving the right care and that it’s delivered free of incident,” Hultgren says.

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