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Six Ways Nurses Can Avoid Serious Hospital Medication Errors

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
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There are many ways that a prescription drug error can occur. A recent study took a close look at adverse drug events in hospitals, and their main source of drug intervention – the nursing staff.

Professor Matt Griffiths of the Royal College of Nursing in England has a few recommendations that could greatly reduce the number of hospital medication mistakes. In particular, Dr. Griffiths warns that all errors must be reported in order for the staff to learn from the mistake, as well as for the patient to receive additional corrective treatment for the error.

Dr. Griffiths outlines six key ways that nurses can reduce harmful drug errors:

  • Report all ‘near misses’ and medication errors. Even if a patient did not come to harm, errors must be reported in order to make sure the mistake’s root cause is addressed (such as poor training or supervision) so the error does not happen again.
  • Right patient. Check a patient’s chart, wristband and ask patient for ID confirmation before administering medication.
  • Right drug and dosage. Always confirm the medication’s name and dosage against the written prescription.
  • Verbal and written checks. Medicines and dosages should be checked both verbally and in written form with other staff to avoid sound-alike or look-alike drug errors.
  • Active thinking. Drug administration should be protected and respected, not done as a matter of course. Nurses should be fully awake, alert, and following protocol.
  • Question authority. Nurses should not be afraid to question senior staff members if they suspect an error may have occurred.

As trusted pharmacy error injury lawyers, we know that even the best of nurses can make mistakes. However, that doesn’t mean that you or someone in your family should have to pay for them - or suffer for them.

If you need help on your medication injury case, the attorneys at Kennedy Hodges can provide professional and compassionate legal advice. Call 888-526-7616 to start your free consultation today.
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