DOING IT BETTER: Reducing medication errors by using applied technology
BERNITA R. CAESAR RN, CRRN, BSN
BETTY HUTCHINSON RN, AACBIS, CRRN

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Nursing2014
August 2006 
Volume 36  Number 8
Pages 24 - 25
 
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ABSTRACT


CAESAR, BERNITA R. RN, CRRN, BSN; HUTCHINSON, BETTY RN, AACBIS, CRRN

“I'M SO MAD at myself! I almost mixed up Mrs. Johnson's medications with her roommate's. I checked her armband and…well, her medications looked so similar that I was sure I had the right ones. What can I do better?” asked a staff nurse. As education coordinator and nurse-manager, respectively, we'd heard similar stories before.

Approximately 1 of every 131 outpatient deaths and 1 of 853 inpatient deaths result from medication errors. Baxter International reported that 39% of errors originate with prescribers, 23% occur during transcribing or compounding by pharmacists, and 38% occur during administration by nurses.

In 2002, our facility implemented patient-safety initiatives that focused on reducing medication errors. We hoped that technology would provide some innovative solutions.

In 1997, our facility had adopted ...

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