MEDICATION ERRORS: Menacing to moms

February 2006 
Volume 36  Number 2
Pages 18 - 18
  PDF Version Available!



President of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Researchers studying perinatal drug errors learned of many pregnant women who were harmed or almost harmed when they received I.V. magnesium sulfate. Here are two examples:

* A woman in preterm labor received an infusion of magnesium sulfate administered through tubing connected to her I.V. line at a Y site. The tubing remained connected after the infusion was discontinued. After the woman delivered, tubing for an oxytocin solution was connected to the other Y-site connector. Instead of starting the oxytocin infusion as prescribed, a nurse accidentally restarted the magnesium sulfate. Later, the patient was found unresponsive and remains in a persistent vegetative state. * After preparing a bag of magnesium sulfate solution (intended to contain 40 grams/liter), a nurse started an infusion at 200 ml/hour to deliver a 4-gram bolus dose over 30 minutes. She monitored the patient for 20 minutes, then was called ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles Recommended Nursing Articles Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events