Title: Reducing the numbers of medication errors by the nurses in health care system.
Administration of medication is a key element of nursing care. Medications are an amazing discovery. They promote healing, reduce suffering and contribute to modern medical miracles. However, because thousands of new drugs have been developed recently, because the health care environment is increasingly complex, and because the patients are older and often sicker, there is increasing risk for medication errors in hospitals. They occur most frequently at the prescribing and administration stages.
Medication errors occur in all health care systems; and often result in serious patient harm or deaths are the focus because this is an issue for most hospitals. Serious errors harm patients and expose health professionals to civil liability and sometimes-criminal prosecution (NHS Jan 2004, p.9). The statistics of medication error consistently increases in health care sector. A 1999 IOM (Institute of Medicine) estimated that “Medication errors” accounted for 7,000 deaths per year (Phillips et al.2001). According to Malaysia, static show that 10 percent of medication errors occurs by the nurses’ carelessness and not seriously follow the rules in their practice, during drug administration stage (www.straight dope Nov 2007). We mite be think, 10 percent is not a high percentage in medication error but that was the root cause of medication error, were started by the nurses in health care sectors. All errors result in potentially negative outcomes for the client, including a near or actual death. They occur too frequently and they are preventable.
I currently practice as a staff nurse in one of the large private hospital; stationed in a multidisciplinary ward. My hospital content 600 beds (included in and outpatients), and always occupied by the patient admission due to their illness. Therefore, each day is the challenging day for all nurses in solving patient problems due to...