Medication Errors

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Medication Errors Jessicka Haynes Nursing Roles 1 Professor Byndom April 10, 2013 Medication Errors It is true; we all are human and we all do make errors, but there are certain errors that are life threatening such as medication errors. Medical errors can be defined as the failure of planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. (Poillon, 1999) Among the problems that commonly occur during the course of providing health care are adverse drug events and improper transfusions, surgical injuries and wrong-site surgery, suicides, restraint-related injuries or death, falls, burns, pressure ulcers, and mistaken patient identities. (Poillon, 1999) High error rates with serious consequences…show more content…
Identifying and learning from errors by developing a nationwide public mandatory reporting system and by encouraging health care organizations and practitioners to develop and participate in voluntary reporting systems is another strategy for medical error improvement. The third strategy for medical error improvement is raising performance standards and expectations for improvements in safety through the actions of oversight organizations, professional groups, and group purchasers of healthcare. The last strategy for medical errors improvement is implementing safety systems in healthcare organizations to ensure safe practices at the delivery level. To help avoid drug errors, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) encourages us to think about the "3 R’s" — Risks, Respect, and Responsibility— for safe medicine use: Recognize that all medicines have risks as well as benefits. Respect the power and value of medicines when properly used. Remember that medicine safety is also about personal responsibility; learn what you need to know to use your medicine safely and appropriately. (Morrow & Wickens,
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