Medication Errors
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 patient harm and death. Medication errors are preventable adverse events resulting from, but not limited to: Wrong medication Wrong dose Wrong route Wrong time Wrong patient Wrong documentation of medication 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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