Administration route mix-up
Drug name confusion
Drug preparation problem
I.V. therapy mistake
Patient name mix-up
Syringe and Tubex problem
Unfamiliarity and carelessness
Name "5 rights" of drug administration.
List two cardinal rules for administering insulin.
Explain the importance of not leaving substances at a patient's bedside without clear instructions.
Take appropriate action with the drug manufacturer when you see a misleading package label.
Differentiate between the workings of volumetric and nonvolumetric infusion controllers.
Take proper steps to avoid errors in the administration of cancer drugs.
List the three different times when the drug label should be checked.
Describe what a nurse should do when seeing an unclear order.
Explain why metric is a better system to use.
Explain the pitfalls of relying on only one health professional to interpret a drug order.
Explain how one can avoid an error that can occur by injecting medication into the wrong catheter tube.
Follow the proper procedure to avoid complications arising from administering inappropriate dosage of analgesics to patients recovering from anesthetics.
Stress the importance of checking the MAR before giving a drug.
Explain how an order that calls for two tablets should be transcribed in three separate lines.
Evaluation of Individual Objectives
To assess the effectiveness of the course material, we ask that you evaluate your achievement of each learning objective on a scale of A to D (A=excellent, B=good, C=fair, D=unsatisfactory). Please indicate your responses next to each learning objective and return it to us with your completed exam.
Chapter 1. Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem
An Epidemic of Errors
Where Errors Occur
Not a New Issue
Itís a Systems Problem
Types of Errors
Five Steps to Safer Health Care
Chapter 2. 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
What Are Medical Errors
What Can You Do? Be Involved in Your Health Care
Other Steps You Can Take
Ways You Can Help Your Family Prevent Medical Errors!
What Are Medical Errors?
What Can You Do?
Chapter 3. Helpful Hints for Preventing Medical Errors
Ways to Minimize Errors
Thorough and Credible Root Cause Analysis
Common Error Types and "High-Alert" Medications
Points in the Process Where Errors Can Occur
Resources at Glance
Chapter 4. Improving Medication Safety
Common Sources of Error
Steps for Improving Medication Safety
Patient Information Brochures
Information on Safe Medication Practices
Successful Practices for Improving Medication Safety
Easily Implemented Changes (Process Design)
Longer-Term Changes (Systems Redesign)
Chapter 5. Reducing Errors in Health Care
Patients at Risk
How Errors Occur
Improving Patient Safety
Computerized ADE Monitoring
Computer-Generated Reminders for Followup Testing
Recommendations for Identifying and Learning From Errors in Pediatrics
Chapter 6. Root Cause Analysis
Prevalence and Severity of the Target Safety Problem
Opportunities for Impact
Evidence for Effectiveness of the Practice
Potential for Harm
Costs and Implementation
Chapter 7. Fatigue, Sleepiness, and Medical Errors
Night Shifts and Shift Rotation
Prevalence and Severity
Hours of Service
Direction and Speed of Rotation of Shift Work
Improving Sleep: Education About Sleep Hygiene
Lighting at Work
Chapter 8. Mental Health Professionals
The Duty to Protect
Child Abuse and Neglect
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