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The eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. is medication error.

Nursing personnel are the front-line staff most often responsible for administering medications to patients. Any factor that decreases the effective functioning of nursing staff will impact how safely nurses can perform their duties. The nursing shortage leads the blame and is not likely to end anytime in the near future.

http://brainblogger.com/2008/07/20/the-eighth-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-us-is/

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BradleyRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in Med Surg, LTC, Home Health.

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Any factor that decreases the effective functioning

It makes you wonder who the criminals are that invented "medication aides", and why they and anyone responsible for such a Frankenstein of an idea are not behind bars for putting the lives of the elderly at a greater and needless risk just to generate more profit. :down:

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StNeotser has 10 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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Unfortunately I can't seem to load the page the article is on.

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It makes you wonder who the criminals are that invented "medication aides", and why they and anyone responsible for such a Frankenstein of an idea are not behind bars for putting the lives of the elderly at a greater and needless risk just to generate more profit. :down:

I was wondering how fast it would take a nurse to blame medication aides.

Especially since the lion's share of errors are made by um... nurses.

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BradleyRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in Med Surg, LTC, Home Health.

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I was wondering how fast it would take a nurse to blame medication aides.

Especially since the lion's share of errors are made by um... nurses.

I wasnt blaming medication aides at all for this statistic, and thanks for helping clarify my point. When the "lions share" of errors are made by actual nurses, resulting in being the 8th leading cause of death, then how stupid is it to let completely uneducated people perform the same tasks? Of course they are not allowed to give meds to the general population, just the defenseless elderly. Hmmm.....wonder why that is? (rhetorical)

Medication aides are abominable, and those who take these jobs to get out of being the CNA's that they really are, are selfish contributors to this travesty.:down:

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I wasnt blaming medication aides at all for this statistic, and thanks for helping clarify my point. When the "lions share" of errors are made by actual nurses, resulting in being the 8th leading cause of death, then how stupid is it to let completely uneducated people perform the same tasks? Of course they are not allowed to give meds to the general population, just the defenseless elderly. Hmmm.....wonder why that is? (rhetorical)

Medication aides are abominable, and those who take these jobs to get out of being the CNA's that they really are, are selfish contributors to this travesty.:down:

What's abominable is a profession causing the 8th most deaths arguing about it at all...

Ya might want to remove the mite from your own eye.

Medication aides have documented less errors. Obviously education isn't necessary to pass meds or nurses wouldn't be screwing it up...

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mama_d has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in tele, oncology.

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Unless the NCHS includes med errors under "accidents" when it is tabulating statistics, med errors aren't even in the top 15 causes of death from 1999-2005. Anyone have any idea if med errors are listed separately or included with "accidents"? I tried wading through some of the material but couldn't find the answer with a cursory search.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/FASTATS/lcod.htm

Granted, med errors do contribute to poor patient outcomes, and most of us have been guilty of them at least once. Not arguing here that we need to do our best to avoid them. But I hate it when articles such as this get people all riled up and then you can't even find the primary source that they used, or when you do it's outdated material. Note that she cites another article, not a primary data source. At the very least that shows poor investigative reporting in a quest for sensationalism, IMO.

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Thanks Anxious, got it now.

I do wonder about this quote;

* Errors occur around 1 in 5 times that medication is administered.

You see, I pass on average 10 pills per patient in an hour or under for around 15 patients, then add a couple of IV meds into that. I think I must make a technical medication error almost every time I work as if anything happens to disrupt this routine, some of those pills are being passed beyond the time given to administer the medication. By disruption to the routine I mean that someone needs additional nursing intervention due to sickness or change of condition during the med pass. These errors I am making are not life threatening if an 0800 caltrate pill is given at 0905 then no harm is done to the patient but it is still technically a med error. As is when we get a new admit and pharmacy promises to deliver new admit meds within 4 hours but doesn't.

However, I'm not trying to detract from a very serious problem that I believe nursing must own and owe up to.

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Ya might want to remove the mite from your own eye.

Medication aides have documented less errors. Obviously education isn't necessary to pass meds or nurses wouldn't be screwing it up...

;)

Remove the mite? (never heard that)

Medication aides have documented less errors because they probably dont even realize when they make one.

Once you are an RN, i doubt you will continue to defend such a practice, since that is a nurse's skill they are stealing, and thus a job as well.:)

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Remove the mite? (never heard that)

Medication aides have documented less errors because they probably dont even realize when they make one.

Once you are an RN, i doubt you will continue to defend such a practice, since that is a nurse's skill they are stealing, and thus a job as well.:)

Actually my goal is to go advanced practice and since the doctors whined about APNs and the nurses got all moany and ***** about it I'll avoid the hypocrite road by not moaning about med aides. :D

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