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Fundamentals of the Nursing
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Running head: Medication errors: Prevention and Safety measures Abstract Medication errors can occur at various stages from the prescription of a drug by the physician up to dispensing and administering the drug to the patient. Medication errors need to be controlled in order to prevent fatal conditions like drug as a result of adverse drug reactions.
Medication errors can occur at any stage from prescribing to administering the drugs to the patient. Most of the medication errors occur during the prescription stage and wrong interpretation of the drug prescribed either by pharmacologists or by the attending nurses. Errors in prescribing the right drug could occur when the concerned physician is inexperienced, inattentive, distracted or physically unfit (Aronson, 2009). Prescription errors could occur even in cases where the right drug is prescribed due to lack of legibility of the physicians writing or when intercepted incorrectly by pharmacists, nursing or other staff in the hospital. In cases where the right drug is available errors can occur during administering the drugs mainly due to negligence of the concerned staff. Several safety and precautionary measures have been identified and listed which would help prevent medication errors and thereby protect the safety of patients (Anderson & Townsend, 2010). Giving the right medication to the right patient is the most vital step in any hospital setting. There are a wide range of factors that could contribute to medication errors. ...
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