TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
Camiré, Eric; Moyen, Eric; Stelfox, Henry Thomas
PUB. DATE
April 2009
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/28/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 9, p936
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
38217632

 

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