Unsafe medication practices and medication errors
are a cause of significant patient harm and injury globally.
in paediatrics are relatively understudied in South Africa (SA).
are an important cause of iatrogenic morbidity, mortality and additional health costs in hospitalised patients.
WASHINGTON -- Stronger industry safeguards have played a pivotal role in reducing medication errors
with children's cough/cold medicines, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA).
Content on medication error
reduction strategies fall into several categories: distraction/interruptions; nursing workflow; teamwork and coordination; basic mathematical skills; adherence to medication administration protocol; and recognition, detection, and reporting medication errors
(Brady, Malone, & Fleming, 2009; ISMP, 2013; Nelms, Jones, & Treiber, 2011; Sheu, Wei, Chen, Yu, & Tang, 2009; Zyla 2009).
Global Banking News-May 24, 2013--European Medicines Agency issues six key recommendations to tackle the issue of medication errors
; Report on medication errors
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A better work environment for nurses can translate into fewer medication errors
, according to a recent study.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), 400,000 cases of avoidable patient injury due to medication errors
take place annually in hospitals in USA.
Carlton and Blegen (2006) noted medication errors
occur due to active failures and latent conditions.
In addition to adverse economic consequences, medication errors
, one of the most common types of medical errors, are also a source of morbidity and mortality (IOM 2000).
, especially, in pediatric inpatients occur at similar rates as in adults but have three times the potential to cause harm.
occur worldwide and in many health care settings.