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Nursing Practice Improvement Strategies for Reducing Medication Errors

Malathi Hanumanthayya ,
Malathi Hanumanthayya

JAIN (Deemed-to-be University), Department of Life Sciences, Karnataka, India

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Basavaraj Mudhol ,
Basavaraj Mudhol

Teerthanker Mahaveer University, College of Nursing, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Varsha Agarwal ,
Varsha Agarwal

ATLAS SkillTech University, ISME - School of Management & Entrepreneurship, Mumbai, India

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The safety of the patient is put at risk by medication mistakes, particularly during administration. In order to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) certification, a Chinese hospital undertook research to lower medication errors (MEs). Comprehensive interventions were carried out, and the number of MEs fell by 58.3% between the first half of 2016 and the first half of 2018. During the same time frame, there was a 55.6% drop in high-alert drug mistakes. The majority of mistakes were omissions, which decreased by 50%. Errors in intravenous administration also declined. Nurses with more experience made fewer mistakes, and surgical wards had twice as many mistakes as medical wards. ME rates were greater in intensive care units. In order to improve pharmaceutical safety, the study emphasized the value of teamwork among healthcare professionals, including doctors, chemists, nurses, information engineers, and administrators. It was discovered that JCI certification enhanced MEs awareness, prevention, and quality enhancements. Overall, the study supported the 3-and-a-half-year intervention program's ability to reduce MEs.

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Hanumanthayya M, Mudhol B, Agarwal V. Nursing Practice Improvement Strategies for Reducing Medication Errors. Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2023 Aug. 2 [cited 2024 Jun. 17];3:454. Available from:

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