Nurses' role in medication safety

Choo, Janet, Hutchinson, Alison and Bucknall, Tracey 2010, Nurses' role in medication safety, Journal of nursing management, vol. 18, no. 7, Special Issue : This issue : Service improvement in health care, pp. 853-861, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01164.x.

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Title Nurses' role in medication safety
Author(s) Choo, Janet
Hutchinson, AlisonORCID iD for Hutchinson, Alison
Bucknall, TraceyORCID iD for Bucknall, Tracey
Journal name Journal of nursing management
Volume number 18
Issue number 7
Season Special Issue : This issue : Service improvement in health care
Start page 853
End page 861
Total pages 19
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-10
ISSN 0966-0429
Keyword(s) decision making
information technology
medication administration
medication error
medication safety
Summary Aim To explore the nurses role in the process of medication management and identify the challenges associated with safe medication management in contemporary clinical practice.
Background Medication errors have been a long-standing factor affecting consumer safety. The nursing profession has been identified as essential to the promotion of patient safety.
Evaluation A review of literature on medication errors and the use of electronic prescribing in medication errors.
Key issues Medication management requires a multidisciplinary approach and interdisciplinary communication is essential to reduce medication errors. Information technologies can help to reduce some medication errors through eradication of transcription and dosing errors. Nurses must play a major role in the design of computerized medication systems to ensure a smooth transition to such as system.
Conclusion The nurses roles in medication management cannot be over-emphasized. This is particularly true when designing a computerized medication system.
Implication for nursing management The adoption of safety measures during decision making that parallel those of the aviation industry safety procedures can provide some strategies to prevent medication error. Innovations in information technology offer potential mechanisms to avert adverse events in medication management for nurses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01164.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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