They had an article in Medscape today. President Clinton unveiled a plan---due to all the medication errors.
I personally haven't made any medication errors....that I know of.
But thinking of causes...mmmm....why so many med. errors. What comes to my mind is staff shortages in both pharmacy and nursing facilities. But the article had no mention of shortages. (I know there's probably other causes, but the major cause is shortage)
But good news there was mention of $20 million for quality control.
On my nursing unit....us R.N.'s do quality control. We have different "volunteer" jobs in addition. (you have to join "volunteer" job to get a good evaluation or help for a raise) So in other words...US R.N's do quality control.
I hope that government keeps notice. And starts noticing the staff shortages.
The article also stated State base medical reporting of medical mistakes, looking at meds that look alike or have close names, and dr. writing. Which I'm glad they'll look at.
I would really like someone to notice STAFFING though. Increase of staffing can help a lot of problems.