What is the role of the nurse in the prevention of medication errors?

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This article highlights the significance of medication errors, identifying potential issues and support systems required” Kavanagh (2017).

Abstract:

This article highlights the significance of medication errors, identifying potential issues and support systems required. Medication errors involve different health professionals and present at various stages of the medication cycle.

Focusing on a collaborative approach and the role of the nurse is necessary. Special groups, particularly older adults, are considered where multiple conditions and multiple medications increase the risk of adverse drug reactions. Nurses’ accountability and their knowledge of medications are taken into account along with the role of nurse educators. Reporting errors is crucial; the culture of the organisation significantly contributes to whether errors are reported. Learning arises from near misses and errors, enabling preventive measures to be put in place. There is a need for a culture of safety within organisations where medication governance promotes patient safety and the provision of high-quality care.

Reference:

Kavanagh, C. (2017) Medication governance: preventing errors and promoting patient safety. British Journal of Nursing. 26(3), p.159–165.

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