Preventing Medication Errors
(2.0 Contact Hours)

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Written by: Wilma B. Yu, MS, RN, CEN

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This course is Florida Board approved to meet the two hour requirement relating to prevention of medical errors.


Learning Objectives

Preventing Medical Errors

After completing this course, participants should be able to:


Introduction

Estimates show hospital patients are subjected to an average of one medication error daily (Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors Board on Health Care Services, 2007). It is estimated that 380,000 to 450,000 injuries due to medication errors occur in hospitals each year. As many as 800,000 preventable adverse reactions due to medication errors occur in long-term care facilities.

Medication errors take a toll on everyone. This course will look at the problem of medication errors and methods for preventing medical errors. After completing the course, participants should understand the scope of the issue and comprehend strategies for error reduction that can be implemented in a variety of health care settings.


Medical Error: Any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing; order communication; product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature; compounding; dispensing; distribution; administration; education; monitoring; and use."

(The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP), 1998-2010)


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