TITLE

Medication Safety Within the Perioperative Environment

AUTHOR(S)
Wanzer, Linda J.; Hicks, Rodney W.
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Annual Review of Nursing Research;2006, Vol. 24, p127
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
With the widespread patient safety movement comes an increased public awareness of the risks inherent within the health care setting. More specifically, the highly publicized medication error cases that hit the media demonstrate the effect mediation errors have on patient safety within the perioperative environment. This awareness, however, has triggered limited research across the continuum of care within this complex environment. A current review of the state of the science related to medication safety within this setting reveals research primarily focused on the anesthesia domain of practice. Although application to the perioperative environment can be extrapolated from this research, there is a notable lack of nursing-initiated research that focuses on improved systems or processes related to medication safety within the perioperative continuum of care. This knowledge gap in the literature presents an excellent opportunity for nursing to grow a research program to improve medication safety within the perioperative environment in support of evidence-based practice.
ACCESSION #
23677441

 

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