Hospital Safety Program Aims to Cut Down on Medication Errors


August 30, 2017

Hospital Safety Program Aims to Cut Down on Medication Errors – Georgia Attorney Explains

A significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits allege that injured individuals have been administered either the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medication, among other prescription errors.  This is a problem that exists for many hospitals where patients are administered IV drugs.  Because this has proven to be such a problem, one hospital has implemented a safety program to help reduce the risk and incidence of medication errors.

Children’s Hospital Implements Program to Fight Medication Errors

Boston Children's Hospital has found a way to pinpoint the most common types of medication errors and take certain safety measures to reduce the incidence of those errors.  The hospital established a committee to identify and evaluate every time a medication error is made.  The thirty-five clinicians on this committee evaluate the data and find ways to improve the administration of medication to avoid the same type of medication error from happening in the future.  

Committee members may choose to discuss the medication error with the medical professional (such as a physician, resident, or nurse, etc.) who made the error.  This allows them to educate the particular medical professional who made the error so that the same mistake will not be made again.  As the committee seeks to cure the medication errors one at a time, they are pushing a general awareness of medication errors that reach all medical professionals, and not only those who have made mistakes.  It becomes a culture of awareness that promotes the safe administration of medication throughout the hospital. 

Because the hospital’s program has proven to be successful in reducing the number of medication errors, other hospitals should consider implementing similar programs.  Often, when medication errors are made, the doctor, resident or nurse who made the error may never know about it.  If medical professionals are not aware of medication errors they make, they cannot improve their practice to avoid the same mistake in the future.  Therefore, bringing errors to the attention of medical professionals is crucial to improvement.

Medical Errors Are a Leading Cause of Death Each Year in the United States

Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death each year in the United States, and this includes errors related to the administration of medication.  This is not something that many people realize, especially because many medical malpractice lawsuits alleging medical errors are not known to the general public.  As such, many people are unaware of just how common medical errors are.  A medication error is one simple misstep that can cost a person his or her life.  

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Sources: 

http://www.anesthesiologynews.com/Policy-and-Management/Article/07-17/Medication-Safety-Program-Reduces-Drug-Administration-Errors/41744

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