15 Effective Tips for Nurses to Prevent Medication Errors

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  • 1. Introduction For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/ • Nursing job comes with immense responsibility. Even in the freshmen year, nurses must be attentive and alert before administering medication to patients. • With full attention and presence of mind, nurses can always reduce the likelihood of medication errors. • Yet possibilities of making medication errors do remain. So to prevent such ‘life-threatening’ mistakes at your workplace, you should follow these 15 simple tips.
  • 2. 1. Study the different kinds of medications Try and read about the medications that are prescribed to the patients you are handling. Know both generic and brand name of the drug to avoid any type of confusion between similar brands that have differing dosage. If possible, download applications in your smartphones that give you instant information about the drug by scanning the drug’s bar code. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 3. 2. Refer to your nurse’s drug handbook regularly Read the nurse’s drug handbook regularly to memorize the names of the drugs and their usage. The knowledge you gain over a period of time will help you to administer the right drug in the perfect amount of dosage to the patients you are handling. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 4. 3. Maintain precise communication with doctors and pharmacists Always keep a pen and pad ready when doctors prescribe medication. Repeat the names to confirm whether it is correct. If there is no time for repetition, cross-check with the drug handbook to ensure the usage. Finally, make sure the pharmacist receives the correct prescription. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 5. 4. The right patient has to be identified Keep checking the patient’s name and date of birth to ensure you are administering relevant drug to the right patient. If patients have difficulties in speaking, read their name tags before giving the drug. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 6. 5. Ensure that you administrate the right drug Check every drug before administering it to patients because similar sounding or looking drugs have different effects on a patient with a particular problem. This step helps to prevent confusion between similar looking and sounding drugs. Be extremely careful while administering such drug to the patients. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 7. 6. Get information on the allergies that the patient has had Learn about any previous allergies that the patient might have had. Ask the patient personally, given he/she might have forgotten to write about them in the form. If there is anything important, convey it to the doctor. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 8. 7. Label the medication correctly Write the generic name as well as brand name on the face of the container if a transfer of drugs is made due to being contaminated or other compelling reasons. It makes the identification easy and removes the possibility of wrong drug being administered to the patient. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 9. 8. Cross-check when new medication is ordered Consult with your colleagues about the prescribed medication and its adverse effects. There is no harm to ask and confirm about the medication because it is a matter of life and death. Keep you ego aside and never feel ashamed to ask for such clarifications. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 10. 9. Have one of your teammates cross-check high alert drugs Examine the drugs belonging to High Alert category with a colleague or superior. It is necessary because even the slightest discrepancy of those drugs can have adverse effects on the patient. Epinephrene, Oxytocin IV, Promethazine IV, Opium tincture are among the high alert category drugs. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 11. 10. Make sure that you and the medication equipment are disinfected before touching a patient Wash your hands before and after coming in contact with a patient or touching surgical and other medical equipment to remove the possibility of infection through you. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 12. 11. Handle older patients and patients prone to seizures with extra care Make sure your grip is firm but not too tight when handling elder patients. Be patient with them, do not ask them to rush through anything. In case they refuse to corporate, you can be firm with your actions. But never let epileptic patients stand on their own, always give them support. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 13. 12. Prioritize – attend to critical patients first Prioritize your duties according to the emergency. For an instant, if a patient comes with a third-degree burn and you have a patient who needs your help to take an evening walk, it is obvious that you choose the former and delegate the other task to someone else. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 14. 13. While crushing and cutting pills, check for extended release coatings Check if the tablet you are giving to the patient has an ‘extended release’ coating. If it has, you should be extra careful while crushing or cutting the tablet. The reason is if the coating is crushed or cut mistakenly, the medicine will have an immediate adverse effect on the patient. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 15. 14. Do not confuse ear drops for eye drops and vice- versa Be sure that ear drops and eye drops are separately labeled to eliminate any confusion. The reason is when you apply eye drop in ears, it will create nuisance. On the other hand, if you mistakenly apply ear drops on eyes, the patient will experience burning and itching effect. So check the label every time you administer it to a patient. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
  • 16. 15. Know the patient’s case before administering new medication Read the patient’s case history thoroughly before administering any new drug. Consult with your doctor to ensure that the drugs are correctly prescribed before you administer it to the patient. Remember that even a small amount of the wrong drug can be fatal for the patient. For more information , visit : https://myassignmenthelp.com/blog/15-effective-tips-for-nurses-to-prevent-medication-errors/
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