I'm interested in hearing what the various consequences are out there for medication errors. From ya'lls perspective....how do we hold professionals accountable without creating situations where errors are swept under the rug to avoid punishment?
May 23, '02
Congratulations to you for being a person of integrity! I am so proud of you for admitting the MISTAKE (because that is exactly what it was) and doing the right thing because you have a conscience.
I couldn't agree more with the med labeling, MollyJ, it is a real hazard. Not just the similarities in the color of the labels but also sometimes the way the dosage reads makes it look like it is half the dose it really is. There should be strict guidelines with these things. For crying out loud, it takes how many years for the FDA to approve a drug and they don't even mandate the simple step of unique and thorough labeling!
Oramar, that's why I stay at the hospital where I am. The nurse who was fired worked at another area hospital. If I worked there and had the audacity to question a sentinel dose of atropine I would have been canned there too. The only thing that saved my butt here is that it's a union shop and I have a huge mouth and would have gone very public.
Scary out there isn't it???
Last edit by fedupnurse on May 23, '02