Reducing medication errors in nursing practice

RCNi Learning
Delivery Method: e-Learning

Medication errors remain one of the most common causes of unintended harm to patients. They contribute to adverse events that compromise patient safety and result in a large financial burden to the health service. The prevention of medication errors, which can happen at every stage of the medication preparation and distribution process, is essential to maintain a safe healthcare system. One third of the errors that harm patients occur during the nurse administration phase: administering medication to patients is therefore a high-risk activity. This learning module highlights factors that contribute to medication errors, including the safety culture of institutions. It also discusses factors that relate specifically to nurses, such as patient acuity and nursing workload, the distractions and interruptions that can occur during medication administration, the complexity of some medication calculations and administration methods, and the failure of nurses to adhere to policies or guidelines.

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Course attendee (November 2016)
Medication errors cost the NHS a lot of money. Patients also suffer as result of medication errors. I have learned why is it important to reduce all interruptions during medication administration and discovered ways to reduce medication errors.
Course attendee (September 2016)
I found the course useful and interesting, particularly the pre and post tests. It covered a lot of areas, all of which are vital to our daily practice.

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