Medication Errors

I am a nurse educator and I find it very scary, the amount of medication errors that occur in the hospital. It is usually from little things such as not reading the order carefully or clarifying it, to simple things such as the 5 patient rights. It is really scary when the nurse passes the medication to the wrong patients. I think it is a great thing to double check high alert medications such as insulin. I know there have been mistakes caught by double-checking subcut. insulin. Some mistakes still happen because I think nurses just sign their names, which is very scary. When you talk to the nurses they always say it is because they are to busy and have to many patients, but medications need to be the main focus and quality time spent on.

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