Reduction in Medication Errors, comment

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In addition to medication administration practice for student and graduate nurses, there should also be continuous education on Pharmacology updates and practices for staff nurses. There is a wide variety of resources available, including monthly ISMP news letters providing insight into medication errors – not only showing nursing errors in judgement, but also shedding light on system errors as well. Electronic medication administration records and Physician order entry applications are also computerized tools that can be utilized by organizations to decrease the incidence and cost of medication errors.

Original Post
November 3, 2009
Title: Reduction in medication errors
It has become obvious to me in my practice as a nurse administrator that medication errors are a major liability to a health care facility. Efforts to reduce them are paramount to quality standards of practice.. A combination of education and interdisciplinary approach to error reduction is crucial. By "humanizing" medication directions i.e. at bedtime instead of hs the potential for the wrong med at the wrong time at the wrong dose is minimized. By educating new nursing students to the need for safe practice and insisting on that practice prior to graduating nurses, medication errors as well as quality of care will improve. By utilizing pharmacy consultants to review MD orders for correct utilization of meds the potential for error is again reduced.

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