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Medicines management: How can we improve medication error reporting?

A ‘fair blame’ instead of ‘no blame’ approach would help ensure practitioners are not afraid to report medication errors while also addressing negligent or poor practice, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths.
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A ‘fair blame’ instead of ‘no blame’ approach would help ensure practitioners are not afraid to report medication errors while also addressing negligent or poor practice, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

All nurses have a professional responsibility to report medication errors, and patients must be made aware of any incident involving them.

I have been involved in investigating medication errors, and emotions often run high for both the patients and staff involved, but you should never try to hide an error. Not only is this dangerous for patients, it can have serious consequences for your career, as you may be reported to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and face a disciplinary panel.

Looking at blame

Past discussions around reporting errors have focused on

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