Safe Patient Care: Preventing Medication Errors

Safe Patient Care: Preventing Medication Errors 

This course will review how to provide safe patient care through prevention of medication errors, improve your individual performance as a health care provider and decrease the prevalence of harm to your patients. Intended for intermediate to advanced level healthcare professionals, this module will provide you with knowledge regarding the various types of medication errors. You will also learn how to implement safe methods for medication administration and how to collect additional information that will help avoid potential errors. Through this interactive course, you will gain an in-depth knowledge on medication errors and prevention through interactive exercises, didactic material, and case scenarios that will guide you in your clinical practice. After taking this course, you will be able to understand how National Patient Safety Goals promote the practice of safe medication administration, as well as how reporting errors improves the health care setting. You will also learn how to invoke strategies for medication error prevention in the clinical setting. This course will review detailed information regarding medication reconciliation and patient education. Through this practice, you will be able to improve your patient’s clinical outcomes by preventing medication errors.


Hours: 1.25


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-CH-0-SPCPME
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 10/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Describe sources and types of medication errors.
Apply prevention measures to improve the safety and quality of the medication process.
Discuss safety measures for accurate medication administration.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of Medication Errors A. Meet Mrs. Smith B. The Initial Study C. What is a Medication Error? D. Common Causes and Risk Factors E. Safety Standards F. Let’s Review G. Section Summary Section 3: Types of Medication Errors A. Communication Errors: Prescribing B. Communication Errors: Transcribing C. Dosing Errors D. Calculations and Concentration Errors E. Human Errors F. Environmental Errors G. Omission and Dispensing Errors H. Factors that Increase Medication Errors I. Wrong Patient Administration Errors J. System-Based Errors K. High Alert Medications Errors L. Sentinel Event Errors M. Let’s Review N. Equipment Failure Errors O. Adverse Drug Reactions P. Test Your Knowledge: Part 1 Q. Test Your Knowledge: Part 2 R. Identifying Errors S. Let’s Review T. Section Summary Section 4: The Traditional Five “Rights” of Safe Administration A. Guidelines for Safe Medication Administration B. The Right Drug C. The Right Patient D. The Right Route E. The Right Dose F. The Right Time G. Let’s Review H. Section Summary Section 5: Additional Medication Administration “Rights” A. Considering Additional “Rights” B. Right Equipment C. Right Reason D. Right Documentation E. Right Response F. Right Indication G. Right to Refuse Medication H. Let’s Review I. Section Summary Section 6: Medication Reconciliation and Education A. What is Medication Reconciliation? B. The Patient Interview C. Medication Documentation D. Performing Medication Reconciliations E. Improving Patient Safety Through Medication Reconciliation F. Reconciliation and Education G. Medication Reconciliation Review H. Section Summary Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Congratulations! C. Course Contributor D. Resources E. References

Instructor: Marissa Brown, MSN, RN, CPN
This course was written by Marissa Lemley Brown, MSN, RN, CPN. Marissa began her nursing career at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2001 as a staff nurse working with the acute care pediatric population. When Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt was constructed as a freestanding facility in 2004, she transitioned to the Infant, Toddler, School Age Medicine and Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Over the course of 11 years, she has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse educator, and clinical nursing instructor. Now as a member of the Nursing Education & Professional Development Team, Marissa works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist for the Children’s Hospital. Beginning her family’s 4th generation of nurses, Marissa received her degree from Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. She furthered her education through The University of Phoenix where she received a Master’s of Science in Nursing Education. Disclosure: Marissa Brown, MSN, RN, CPN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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