Medication Errors Essay

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My personal experience that I have one type of medical error such as "error of omission." It includes that my older sister medication getting mislabeled. She supposes to take half of the pill while the description said to take two tables every day. After few days later, she passes out and our family immediately took her to the hospital emergency room. Her kidneys were suffering from the medication because she had taken it for a couple of days and her pain kept getting worst. She had to stay hospital for a long time and she went through enormous pain through out the whole process. This experience has made my family more aware and involved because it causes tremendous fear with in all of us. ...view middle of the document...

The errors that occur in dispensing the medication could be due to poor handwriting of the physician, in addition it could also occur due to mislabeling of the drugs or incorrect dosage calculation of the drug. There needs to be interventions in the system in order to help reduce these errors from occurring.The strategy that needs to take place in order to reduce the causes of error includes first providing information to the physicians and the pharmacist. According to reader 25, "education informs the public" therefore the people need to know that these errors have expanded through out years and that they need to be stopped. They need to know the exact umber of these errors that are occurring everyday. They need to know that it is in their hands to fix this problem by expanding the level of communication between themselves they will able to do so. But the first step is to recognize the facts and be ready to taken action. In order to receive success these individuals need to be informed constantly that a problem exists and it needs to be solved. In the reader 29, when the whole community becomes involved then the major effective change takes place. Therefore the physicians and the pharmacist need to treat the patient safely by doing things with quality. This includes using the technological advances and computerizing medication prescriptions in order to prevent errors from happening.The definition of care has lost its meaning with in the system. There needs to be a shift of view in order to help...

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