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Medication administration errors

On January 10, 2017, Mindy L. Davis, a licensed practical nurse wascharged with medication administration errors during his practice byNYS, Office of Professionals. He admitted to the accusations(NYSED.org, 2017). This paper looks at the issue of medication errorsby nurses in the modern health care system.

In the contemporary healthcare system, prescribed medications havebecome widespread, increasing the risks associated with it. There areseveral impacts of patients being administered with the wrongmedicine, which includes increased mortality and morbidity, lengthyhospitalization as well as adverse drug effects. There are increasedincidences of nurses administering wrong medications to patients,which amounts to professional misconduct (Workman, 2016).

It is estimated that over a million people in the United States areadversely affected by preventable medication errors. Althoughignorance causes a significant number of cases among the patients,administration error by nurses and other health care workers has ahuge contribution. One of the leading causes of this problem is theincreased number of patients a nurse is required to handle (Workman,2016). In the last few years, due to staff shortage, the availablenurses in medical facilities are overwhelmed by the increased demandfor their services. Overworking, exhaustion and related systemicissues result in decreased concentrating and thus errors. The workenvironment can also lead to wrong judgments. The other main causesof the problem include inadequate knowledge and skills, unclearpatient information, and human error. Some of the solutions includethe adoption of electronic technologies, knowing the patients as wellas the drugs and being alert on sensitive medications (Sherwood,2017).

In conclusion, medication errors are very common in the contemporarynursing practice. Although it is preventable, it has seriousimplications such as high mortality and morbidity. There are severalcauses of medication as well as strategies that can be adopted bynurses and other medical workers to reduce these incidences.

References

NYSED.org (2017). Summaries of Regents Actions on ProfessionalMisconduct and Discipline, available athttp://www.op.nysed.gov/opd/jan17.htm

Sherwood, G. (2017). Quality and safety in nursing: a competencyapproach to improving outcomes. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Workman, M. (2016). Understanding pharmacology: Essentials formedication safety. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders.