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postgraduate thesis: A systematic review of factors improving medication safety of oral medication via enteral feeding tubes in institutions

TitleA systematic review of factors improving medication safety of oral medication via enteral feeding tubes in institutions
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Citation
Kam, K. [甘健威]. (2014). A systematic review of factors improving medication safety of oral medication via enteral feeding tubes in institutions. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5320369
AbstractObjective: Medication safety is always having great concern in healthcare. Giving oral medication through enteral feeding tubes is not uncommon and is a well-known area that prone to error happening. These errors may lead to inadequate treatment or adverse drug reaction resulting in unnecessary health care cost and wastage of public health resources. This systematic review aims to identify contributing factors on medication errors associated with administration of oral medication via enteral feeding tubes. With better understanding of the factors, improvement measures applicable to Hong Kong situations will be suggested. Methods: Pubmed, Medline and Embase databases were searched up to February 2014 by using relevant keywords. Prospective studies with researcher analyzing the drug administration process to observe the occurrence of errors and evaluate the contributing factors and case reports on medical error with review of the place of errors and their potential root causes were considered to be potential relevant literature. Studies meeting the inclusion criteria were included and evaluated in this review. Studies were excluded based on the exclusion criteria. Results and Discussion: An initial search of medical literature by searching engines identified 682 references. After appraisal for inclusion, 11 of them were included in this systematic review. For the findings, lack of knowledge, lack of the presence or the awareness of protocol, environmental factors, inter-disciplinary communication among healthcare professionals and the ability of inadvertent connection of both IV catheter and enteral feeding system had been identified to be key contributing factors to drug administration error. Taken account with the findings, measures to improve the existing local practice through educational reinforcement, establishing guideline and inter-disciplinary communication were suggested. Conclusion: With consideration of the local situation in Hong Kong and the findings identified in this review, suggestions of improvement measures on different aspects have been made in this review. Involvement of government policy, institutional management and the collaboration of multi-disciplinary healthcare professional are essential for the success of these improvement measures. Besides, this review also revealed the lack of research on medication safety issue concerning feeding tube, further research in this area is required.
DegreeMaster of Public Health
SubjectDrug delivery devices
Oral medication
Enteral feeding
Dept/ProgramPublic Health
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206916

 

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dc.contributor.authorKam, Kin-wai-
dc.contributor.author甘健威-
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-04T23:17:19Z-
dc.date.available2014-12-04T23:17:19Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationKam, K. [甘健威]. (2014). A systematic review of factors improving medication safety of oral medication via enteral feeding tubes in institutions. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5320369-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206916-
dc.description.abstractObjective: Medication safety is always having great concern in healthcare. Giving oral medication through enteral feeding tubes is not uncommon and is a well-known area that prone to error happening. These errors may lead to inadequate treatment or adverse drug reaction resulting in unnecessary health care cost and wastage of public health resources. This systematic review aims to identify contributing factors on medication errors associated with administration of oral medication via enteral feeding tubes. With better understanding of the factors, improvement measures applicable to Hong Kong situations will be suggested. Methods: Pubmed, Medline and Embase databases were searched up to February 2014 by using relevant keywords. Prospective studies with researcher analyzing the drug administration process to observe the occurrence of errors and evaluate the contributing factors and case reports on medical error with review of the place of errors and their potential root causes were considered to be potential relevant literature. Studies meeting the inclusion criteria were included and evaluated in this review. Studies were excluded based on the exclusion criteria. Results and Discussion: An initial search of medical literature by searching engines identified 682 references. After appraisal for inclusion, 11 of them were included in this systematic review. For the findings, lack of knowledge, lack of the presence or the awareness of protocol, environmental factors, inter-disciplinary communication among healthcare professionals and the ability of inadvertent connection of both IV catheter and enteral feeding system had been identified to be key contributing factors to drug administration error. Taken account with the findings, measures to improve the existing local practice through educational reinforcement, establishing guideline and inter-disciplinary communication were suggested. Conclusion: With consideration of the local situation in Hong Kong and the findings identified in this review, suggestions of improvement measures on different aspects have been made in this review. Involvement of government policy, institutional management and the collaboration of multi-disciplinary healthcare professional are essential for the success of these improvement measures. Besides, this review also revealed the lack of research on medication safety issue concerning feeding tube, further research in this area is required.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subject.lcshDrug delivery devices-
dc.subject.lcshOral medication-
dc.subject.lcshEnteral feeding-
dc.titleA systematic review of factors improving medication safety of oral medication via enteral feeding tubes in institutions-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb5320369-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Public Health-
dc.description.thesislevelMaster-
dc.description.thesisdisciplinePublic Health-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.5353/th_b5320369-

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