Preventing Medication Errors in Acute Care Nursing

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Preventing Medication Errors in Acute Care Nursing
Many of us recall the recent case in the of the newborn twins of Dennis Quaid receiving a near-fatal administration of anticoagulants; they received 10,000 units of Heparin instead of 10. The mistake occurred because the packaging of the 10 unit vial resembled the 10,000 unit vial, and the wrong vial was administered.
Medical errors cause as many as 98,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. And of these errors, a staggering 20% involve medications (Lachman, 2008). In addition to fatalities and injuries, medication errors drive up costs tremendously.  “Hospital stays that result in a patient safety event are 17% more costly and 22% longer compared with stays with no events. The most expensive and...
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