As a result medication errors are costly and seem to be relative to the staffing of nurses. Given that nurses make up such a large segment of the staff population, it is important to identify with the factors behind these medication errors.
Medication error Medication error is one of the biggest problems in the healthcare field. Patients are dying due to wrong drug or dosage. Medication error is any preventable incident that leads to inappropriate medication use or harms the patient while the medication is in the control of the health care professional,or patient (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2015). It is estimated about 44,000 inpatients die each year in the United States due to medication errors which were indeed preventable (Mahmood, Chaudhury, Gaumont & Rust, 2012). There are many factors that contribute to medication error. However, the most common that factors are human factors, right patient information, miscommunication of abbreviations, wrong dosage. Healthcare providers do not intend to make medication errors, but they happen anyways. Therefore, nursing should play a tremendous role to reduce medication error
1. Critical analysis of an issue in the clinical area a) My topic is Medication Error. b) I choose this topic because during my experiences in clinical area as well my experience in Hospital where I worked, I have came across different types of medication errors which involve patients and this could
The purpose of this paper is to bring forth awareness when it comes to patients and medication errors and further educates health care professionals on the importance of communication especially during transition of care. According to Williams and Ashrcoft (2013) “ An estimated median of 19.1 % of total opportunities
Errors made while administering medications is one of the most common health care errors reported. It is estimated that 7,000 hospitals deaths yearly are attributed to medication administration errors.
The results of this study was that the percentage of medication errors decreased following the implementation of eMARs. Although medication errors were decreased, the authors found that the eMAR system decreased efficiency and disturbed workflow. The authors state that factors such as missing medications, preparing medication at the bedside, and distractions contributed to this and are factors that can be improved. The author’s identified the presence of several limitation in the study. The use of one individual to collect data created a possibility of bias and the observation of nurses may have affected the behaviors of the nurse. Also, the authors state that the study was not a cause and effect study and was only conducted on one unit which decreased the generalizability of the study. According the hierarchy of evidence for intervention studies, this
For many patients the scariest part of being in the hospital is having to rely on other people to control your life changing decisions. One large part of this is the medications one is given while in our care. I can only imagine what it must be like for patients to have a stranger to come in and start administering drugs to me. This would be especially scary if I did not know what these medications did, or what negative effects could be caused by taking them. Unfortunately, the fear of medication errors that many patients have are not unfounded. Estimates range from 1.5 to 66 million patients a year have medication errors occur while they are in the care of health care professionals. Considering all of the technology we have at our
The purpose of this project is to decrease potential medication errors in the facility. This will be done by following some strategies:
This study described discharge prescription medication errors written for emergency department patients. This study used content analysis in a cross-sectional design to systematically categorize prescription errors found in a report of 1000 discharge prescriptions submitted in the electronic medical record in February 2015. Two pharmacy team members reviewed the discharge prescription list for errors. Open-ended data were coded by an additional rater for agreement on coding categories. Coding was based upon majority rule. Descriptive statistics were used to address the study objective. Categories evaluated were patient age, provider type, drug class, and type and time of error. The discharge prescription error rate out of 1000 prescriptions
Similar results were seen in data collected from thirty eight nurses by conducting separate interviews to explain the occurrence of faults when giving medications.
Woten (2016) attributes, National Patient Safety Goals (The Joint Commission, 2016): Medication Reconciliation – an Overview acknowledges effective communication is a driven force to accurate medication reconciling. Communication to patients, families, professional to professional provides honesty along with direction in role responsibilities. Poor communication was recognized from a study at Mayo Health system, reporting, “medical information at transition points was responsible for as many as 50% of all medication errors in the hospital and up to 20% of ADEs”(Vogenberg & DiLascia, 2013). The evidence in transitions throughout care directly connects to communication validating how medication lists, if not updated or accurate cause harm to
The incidents of medication errors are complex, and variety of factors including human error, organizational or systems factors, slips and lapses, deviations from safe practice, workload factors, communication, knowledge deficits, environmental or worksite issues, inter-professional issues and concerns, and others contribute to errors (McKeon, Fogarty & Hegney, 2006: Lawton, Carruthers, Gardner, Wright & McEachan, 2012; Fasolino & Synder, 2012; Keers, Williams, Unver, Tastan & Akbayrak, 2012; Cooke, & Ashcroft, 2013; Shahrokhi, Ebrahimpour & Ghodous, 2013; Donaldson, Aydin, Fridman, & Foley, 2014; Karavasiliadou & Athanasakis, 2014; Niemann, Bertsche, Meyrath, Koepf, Traiser, et al., 2015; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2015; Parry, et al., 2015; Norman, Monteiro, Sherbino, Ilgen, Schmidt &
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err is Human, highlighted the prevalence and devastation caused by medication errors in the US healthcare system. The 2000 Report declared that the rates of medication errors and subsequent adverse drug events (ADEs) are unacceptable and immediate action to decrease these rates should
Reducing Mediation Errors through Nursing Job Satisfaction” My abstract is based on a Santa Fe College BAS Health Service Administration Capstone project about, “Reducing Medication Errors through Nursing Job Satisfaction”. The main reason for my topic is to find out what is the best source for nursing satisfaction when dealing with medication errors?
4.2. Prevention Strategies Strategies targeted at preventing medications errors are discussed in the subsequent sections. These strategies are aimed at distinct stages of the inpatient medication delivery process and other risks that often contribute to medication errors. 4.2.1 Prescribing and transcribing A medication prescription is typically a written order that includes detailed