High Alllert Medications: A Case Study

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High Alllert Medications (HAMs) are a special class of drugs that are highly risky and capable of causing harm even under proper use. Consequently, they necessitate the need for Independent Double-Checks (IDC). As such, the nurse verifies the dosage, drug, and route to match the directives of the physician as well as pharmacological requirements (Galbraith et al., 2015). Such drugs include sedatives, opioids, insulin and anticoagulants. IDC minimizes errors asserted to drug name confusion such as heparin/Hespan; lack of knowledge, and confusion from interruption or fatigue. My colleagues implement IDC in spite of the constraints experienced. However, some rare incidences of workarounds occur during weekends or emergencies when no verifier is
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