Challenge 3A

Medication Errors

A medication error is a preventable event in any healthcare setting that may lead to inappropriate medication use while in the control of the healthcare professional or patient, ultimately leading to patient harm and/or death. Medication errors can be classified into five categories: 1) wrong drug, 2) wrong dose, 3) wrong route, 4) wrong frequency and/or 5) wrong patient.

Executive summary checklist

Medication errors are major causes of inpatient harm and death. Medication errors are preventable adverse events due to wrong medicine use including: Wrong medicine Wrong dose Wrong route Wrong time Wrong patient Wrong documentation of medicine Ensure best patient care Create a multidisciplinary team to lead the project, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and information technology personnel Use systematic protocols
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