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Is this Med error/bad ?

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Hi-

so my pt was on a heparin drip and the dr discontinued the order at 7:20am. I accidentally over looked the d/c order. I then noticed it at 10:50 and instantly d/c it. I called the doctor, she was fine with it.  But my job does audits on heparin drips etc. is this considered a Med error or very bad? Thank u!

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TriciaJ has 39 years experience as a RN and specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory.

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Yes, it's a med error and probably requires an incident report.  What do you mean by "very bad"?  Was the doctor furious?  Did you injure the patient?

Doesn't sound like the patient suffered any ill effects.  Take a breath.  You said "The doctor was fine with it."  Take another breath.  The reason you do an incident report is 1.  If something comes of it later, Risk Management is already on board.  2.  There might have been contributing factors beyond your control that need to be identified.  3.  You are a conscientious nurse who holds herself accountable.  (Completing an incident report will help establish that and your reputation may come in very handy down the road.)

You will make errors.  How you handle those errors after the fact will determine what kind of nurse you are.

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brownbook has 35 years experience.

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5 minutes ago, TriciaJ said:

 

 

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