2 drug errors in the last year - page 2
Hi guys. I made my second drug error within a year last night. Fortunately the patient was unharmed. I didn't even notice it myself, it was pointed out to me. Needless to say, I wrote it up on an... Read More
Dec 26, '06From: US ; Joined: Nov '03; Posts: 900; Likes: 188HIPAA Compliance Journal: Medication Errors - Startling facts and figures
"There is an average of one medication error per patient per day in hospitals alone."
Feb 8, '07Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 54; Likes: 13Well, my thanks to all who answered me with such graciousness. I certainly felt better later. (The patient was fine).
I have transferred to the new job now; it's an area where every IV drug gets double checked. I'm much happier about that.
I still feel that two IV drug errors in a year is fairly serious, however. I'm not talking about a med being given late, or even omitted due to lack of stock - these things happen all the time in every area I've ever worked in.
I'm doing my best to learn all the new medications used in my new job so I can be familiar with usual doses etc.
Anyway, thanks again. I appreciated your support.
Feb 8, '07Occupation: RN Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 441; Likes: 23I agree with the others about not beating yourself up about it & to learn from your mistakes. Sometimes making a mistake where no one is hurt is a good thing...I think so anyway. Because it'll stick in your mind from then on and make you a more careful nurse in the future and will hopefully prevent you from making a more serious mistake with someone else.
Congrats on your new job and good luck with learning the new meds there. It does seem like each place you work there are a whole new bunch of meds routinely given that you have to relearn, doens't it!
Feb 8, '07Occupation: RN Er/ ICU Specialty: 11 year(s) of experience in ER/ ICU ; Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 345; Likes: 17Don't be so hard on yourself. It happens to all of us. The longer you do the job, the easier it is to miss something. We get in such routines about meds. It is easy to make mistakes. We all do it one time or another.