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[Student’s Name] [Instructor’s Name] [Course name and code] 22 September 2012. Medication Error How did I allow this to happen? Medication errors are a very serious issue in nursing. “Approximately 1.3 million people are injured annually in the United States following so-called "medication errors"” (Stoppler).
I had overstayed in the hospital several times before and had done my duties perfectly, and I expected to do the same this time. There was a patient who had been recently diagnosed with cancer. She was being moved into the operating room for a permanent placement of intravenous line inside her chest. The medical team had resolved to postpone the chemotherapy for a day or two in the morning rounds, but the doctor in charge decided to do the chemotherapy the very night. I was already taking care of three patients and nothing new was in my plan till then. The patient was soon to arrive from the operating room while I had several orders of chemotherapy to check on my part, not just once, but double-check before forwarding them to the pharmacy so that administration could be commenced. After completing the checks, I went to see the patient who had by the time come out of the operating room. The patient was feeling very hungry, but the hospital kitchen was closed. So I took jam and bread from the pantry to make a sandwich for her. I noticed an unusual leak in the IV line of the patient as she tried it. We had not encountered such a problem before. ...
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