Medication Journal of Nursing

Factors Influencing Nurse Medication Errors

Factors Influencing Nurse Medication Errors

Tags: medication medication errors nurse distractions

This article explores the medication errors and the phenomena of nurse distractions. Nurses are intimately involved in the medication administration process. Even though the parameters of selection, dosing, compounding, and dispensing medication remain under the purview of other allied health professionals, the nurse represents the last safety checkpoint between the medication and the patient and efforts should be directed toward removing obstacles which are negatively impacting this process. It has long been suspected that nursing distractions whether by patient, family, coworkers or others, are facilitating the occurrence of errors in the hospital setting. There are practices which are discussed which may ameliorate this threat to some extent if employed consistently and judiciously.

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Polypharmacy Mitigation:  A Lifetime of Education

Polypharmacy Mitigation: A Lifetime of Education

Tags: aging education medication mitigation polypharmacy prescriptions

An informational article on the issue of paolypharmacy and medication redundancy in todays healthcare and the use of education over the lifespan as a corrective measure.

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When Doing The Right Thing Leads to the Wrong Results

When Doing The Right Thing Leads to the Wrong Results

Tags: Case Study errors medication medication errors mental health prescriptions punishment termination due to medication error

Reprimanding nurses for medication errors contibutes to a culture of evasion and silence and does not address the reason behind the mistake.

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Managing behavior in children with ASD

Managing behavior in children with ASD

Tags: ASD autism behavior behavioral child children medication mental health pediatric Psychiatry

Unfortunately, many of these children end up in the emergency department for these behaviors due to the lack of community mental health services. These crises visits often times result in unnecessary medications being prescribed for these problematic behaviors.

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Understanding behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Understanding behaviors in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tags: autism autism spectrum disorder behavior behaviors child children medication mental health pediatric Psychiatry

With the rising incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders, nurses need to be educated regarding comorbidities that can cause aberrant behaviors. Along with a thorough medical assesment, finding mental health services can be challenging for many families. Many PCP's and other non-mental health professionals take on medication management of behaviors due to the lack of appropriate mental health resources.

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How Personal Digital Assistants Can Increase the Quality of Nursing Care Provided in the Hospital Setting 

How Personal Digital Assistants Can Increase the Quality of Nursing Care Provided in the Hospital Setting 

Tags: digital assitants health care medication medication errors quality of nursing

Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), tools that have the potential to help nurses increase the quality of care that they provide in the hospital setting.

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Making a Difference: Recognizing the Risk of Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Women 

Making a Difference: Recognizing the Risk of Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Use by Older Women 

Tags: aging benzodiazepine elderly Hallucinations health care health care professionals medication older women risk of alcohol

Substance abuse in the elderly, specifically abuse of alcohol and benzodiazepines, is much higher than most people may think. According to a recent article published by CNN, of the 25.6 million women over the age of 59, seven percent abuse alcohol and eleven percent abuse psychoactive drugs such as benzodiazepines (CNN, 1998).

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Pharmaceutical Counseling 

Pharmaceutical Counseling 

Tags: counseling health medication medication errors nurse pharmaceutical

1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured or killed by medication errors each year; seniors most at risk due to the polypharmacy risk factor. Adding pharmaceutical counseling to patients on four or more medications decreases the risk of medication errors

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