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Medication errors

A CPD article improved Lisa Scott’s awareness of the causes of medication errors and how to prevent them

A CPD article improved Lisa Scott’s awareness of the causes of medication errors and how to prevent them.

Abstract

Medication errors are one of the most common causes of preventable harm to patients, and result in a financial burden on the NHS.

I felt it was important to read the article to improve my knowledge of the risks of making such errors and ways to reduce these.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2010) defines medication processes as high-risk activities. One third of medication errors that result in harm to the patient occur at the administration stage. Administration of medication is a daily nursing role. Nurses administering medication can provide a safeguard against medication errors made at previous stages of the process by querying the type or amount of medication.

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This reflective account is based on NS776 Cloete L (2015) Reducing medication errors in nursing practice. Nursing Standard. 29, 20, 50-59.

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