Study: 40+ hospital drug errors a day - page 2
Study: 40+ hospital drug errors a day Incorrect prescriptions, messy handwriting among problems ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO, Sept. 8-More than 40 potentially harmful drug errors daily... Read More
Sep 11, '02Occupation: RN Med/Surg Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 44; Likes: 1My hospital is supposed to be getting the new barcode med admin. system this month. We are dreading it, already forseeing the problems involved. It's already a problem getting meds. Our pharmacy is understaffed too, so half our time is spent hunting the meds down in the first place, then passing them--constant interruptions, and as so often is the case we are doing total care so yes, it's ridiculous. Oh, and no unit clerk, so I wonder what it will be like w/the labels and armbands..and then it often takes forever to get patients into the system when they are admitted--oh Lord.
Sep 11, '02Occupation: RN.... Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 255; Likes: 6If we counted all the errors and the supposed errors (meds given 10 min early or late).. (I don't count a held med as an error because if the med is ehld there should be documentation as to why it wasn't given at the specific time). I think we could easily find 40 in one big unit. One big help for us is that we have just hired a pharmacist for your department, she mixes up drips during codes and is abailable to answer questiosn right on the unit, rather than calling and being put on hold a million times...and she keeps us up to date on new stuff. true she only works 9-5, but it has helped us cut down on mismixing out meds- we make all our own drips and abx so theres a big potential for errors.