We have all noted, an example on News even on this board, of some major error that has impacted lives. None of us can imagine purposely making a mistake that could kill someone, but under the right stressful conditions- it can happen.
The ones noted are dealing with drugs given way above dose, the wrong drug given, and even a few caught before happening but have cost nurses their jobs.
This is our career, license, our livlihood, pays the morgtage etc. So I am asking -- is their other things WE as NURSES can ask to have changed to put one more safety net out there?
Think about this--- vancomycin is in about the same shaped bag and same color label as insulin gtt. Versed, diltiazem and antibiotics all about the same size bag and same color label. These are only a few examples.
Our institution keeps saying they are going to get the drug scanners and that hasn't happened yet. :angryfire
I know it is our FIRST and most Important step to dothe the 5 STEP CHECK. Under stress and the right kind of day (or I should say just a zillion things impacting you at once), or day after day high stress load, and the increasing complicated loads that are happening- errors can be made!!
NO ONE is PERFECT:o !!! What should we start to think collaberatively about, for more saftey nets, that would help to protect us or help us catch a mistake from happening? Would be interested in ideas. THink about your institution and what drugs you give-