I need a little support. I'm a fairly new nurse, just under a year and I made my first error on my shift last night.
At my hospital, the nurses aide will collect vital signs and blood glucose values. The glucose meters are supposed to dock and download the results to our computers in just a few minutes. But it's common that these meters take hours to transfer results...one night I had results pop up from two shifts prior! So the nurses often times rely on the BS value the aide has written down.
This is what I did, as my aide had docked her meter and the results were taking a while to download. She had written down a value of 277 and per the patients scale I covered him with 8 units. About an hour and a half later the BS results post to my computer...the value didn't look right so I pulled up my administration record and my heart sunk. I'd basically double dosed my patient - his BS had been 177 and the scale called for 4 units.
The patient was and had been asymptomatic for hypoglycemia since the med administration. I called the MD anyway; he didn't seem too concerned and was very nice about it. Just told me to watch the patient and give him an Ensure for good measure. Around the peak time of the insulin I rechecked the value and it was 188.
I filed an incident report as soon as I realized I made an error. I'm just so worried I'll be seriously reprimanded for the error. I admit and own up to my error...but at the same time I can't help but feel that our computer system is the true weak link in the system for preventing this type of med error. Up until the system updated, I had done my job correctly with the information I had. I did what I was supposed to do to monitor the patient for adverse effects and filed a report. Just hoping the administration sees the honesty and integrity of my incident filing. ): It's made worse because I'm a perfectionist; it's a kick to my pride that all my checking and rechecking didn't and couldn't do squat simply because I had the wrong numbers.