Medication errors in critical care: risk factors, prevention and disclosure

Camiré, Eric; Moyen, Eric; Stelfox, Henry Thomas
April 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/28/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 9, p936
Academic Journal
The article discusses the risk factors, prevention and the need for disclosure of the incidence of medication errors in the intensive care units in Canada. It explores several components that contribute to the incidence of medication errors including the situation of the patients, inexperience and lack of knowledge of healthcare providers, and the existing environment in the health care facilities. It highlights various techniques and strategies on how to prevent medication errors such as the provision of medical education for patients, pharmacology education and risk factor awareness for nurses, and an effective health care administration. It suggests clinicians that disclosure of harmful errors and medical errors is an ethical imperative.


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