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Reducing medication errors in nursing practice

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2016
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This module examines the factors that contribute to medication errors and how to prevent them. Factors include the safety culture of institutions but can also be more specific to nursing, such as patient acuity, nursing workload, distractions and interruptions during administration. The complexity of medication calculations and administration methods, and the failure of nurses to adhere to policies or guidelines, are also addressed.

Linda Cloete, Lecturer, Faculty of nursing and health, Avondale College of Higher Education, Sydney, Australia.

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