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Article: Reducing medication errors: Development of a new model of drug administration for enhancing safe nursing practice

TitleReducing medication errors: Development of a new model of drug administration for enhancing safe nursing practice
Authors
KeywordsDrug
Drug administration schedule
Drug labelling
Hospital
Medication errors
Medication systems
Prescriptions
Issue Date2007
PublisherNational University of Singapore.
Citation
Asian Journal of Nursing, 2007, v. 10 n. 3, p. 191-199 How to Cite?
AbstractAims: Medication error is a persistent and far-reaching clinical problem. Unsafe medication practices often occur due to unresolved medication errors, poor compliance with rules and policies, and the low clinical applicability of such rules and policies. This study, conducted in a Hong Kong hospital, aimed at addressing these concerns and developing a new model for drug administration and enhancing safe clinical practice based on research evidence. The current drug administrative procedure of 'three checks' and 'five rights' was reviewed to examine adherence and applicability in clinical settings. Methods: The study adopted a mixed method, with both quantitative and qualitative research designs. Data collection involved a review of medication incidents involving nurses that occurred over a 1-year period at the hospital, focus group interviews of nurses (n = 29), questionnaires for nurses (n = 466) and nurse managers (n = 12), observational studies of nurses (n = 46; 210 observations), and individual interviews (n = 3). Results: The common causes of medication errors were non-compliance with policies or procedures, doctor's illegible writing, wrong transcription of drug administration times, failure to check for the right patient, wrong identification of drugs, and distractions. Many nurses regarded the 'golden rule' of 'three checks' and 'five rights' for drug administration as impractical and not viable because of time constraints, manpower shortage, and heavy workloads. Research data from questionnaires and observation studies validated the appropriateness of 'five rights' in preventing medication errors, but also supported a reduction of the 'three checks' practice to 'two checks'. Conclusion: A new model of drug administration that is more practical, applicable, and safe in clinical practice is proposed. It is suggested that this model, which adopts 'two checks' and 'five rights' for drug administration, be tested further as a model that can save nurses' time, enhance effective checking, and reduce medication error incidents.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/235843
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2011 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.132

 

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dc.contributor.authorLeung, SF-
dc.contributor.authorChong, YCS-
dc.contributor.authorArthur, D-
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-02T01:07:30Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-02T01:07:30Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal of Nursing, 2007, v. 10 n. 3, p. 191-199-
dc.identifier.issn1818-6270-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/235843-
dc.description.abstractAims: Medication error is a persistent and far-reaching clinical problem. Unsafe medication practices often occur due to unresolved medication errors, poor compliance with rules and policies, and the low clinical applicability of such rules and policies. This study, conducted in a Hong Kong hospital, aimed at addressing these concerns and developing a new model for drug administration and enhancing safe clinical practice based on research evidence. The current drug administrative procedure of 'three checks' and 'five rights' was reviewed to examine adherence and applicability in clinical settings. Methods: The study adopted a mixed method, with both quantitative and qualitative research designs. Data collection involved a review of medication incidents involving nurses that occurred over a 1-year period at the hospital, focus group interviews of nurses (n = 29), questionnaires for nurses (n = 466) and nurse managers (n = 12), observational studies of nurses (n = 46; 210 observations), and individual interviews (n = 3). Results: The common causes of medication errors were non-compliance with policies or procedures, doctor's illegible writing, wrong transcription of drug administration times, failure to check for the right patient, wrong identification of drugs, and distractions. Many nurses regarded the 'golden rule' of 'three checks' and 'five rights' for drug administration as impractical and not viable because of time constraints, manpower shortage, and heavy workloads. Research data from questionnaires and observation studies validated the appropriateness of 'five rights' in preventing medication errors, but also supported a reduction of the 'three checks' practice to 'two checks'. Conclusion: A new model of drug administration that is more practical, applicable, and safe in clinical practice is proposed. It is suggested that this model, which adopts 'two checks' and 'five rights' for drug administration, be tested further as a model that can save nurses' time, enhance effective checking, and reduce medication error incidents.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherNational University of Singapore.-
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Nursing-
dc.subjectDrug-
dc.subjectDrug administration schedule-
dc.subjectDrug labelling-
dc.subjectHospital-
dc.subjectMedication errors-
dc.subjectMedication systems-
dc.subjectPrescriptions-
dc.titleReducing medication errors: Development of a new model of drug administration for enhancing safe nursing practice-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChong, YCS: chongycsam@gmail.com-
dc.identifier.authorityChong, YCS=rp02197-
dc.identifier.volume10-
dc.identifier.issue3-
dc.identifier.spage191-
dc.identifier.epage199-
dc.publisher.placeSingapore-

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