Safe Medication PracticesName : Dr. Fatima Yousef Ali Ghethan
Affliation : Head Of Quality And Medication Safety Unit King Ab
University : University Of Jordan
Country : Saudi Arabia
The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) first Quality Chasm report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System stated that medication-related errors (a subset of medical error) were a significant cause of morbidity and mortality; they accounted “for one out of every 131 outpatient deaths, and one out of 854 inpatient deaths”. Medication errors were estimated to account for more than 7,000 deaths annually. Building on this work and previous IOM reports, the IOM put forth a report in 2007 on medication safety, Preventing Medication Errors. This report emphasized the importance of severely reducing medication errors, improving communication with patients, continually monitoring for errors, providing clinicians with decision-support and information tools, and improving and standardizing medication labeling and drug-related information.
With the growing reliance on medication therapy as the primary intervention for most illnesses, patients receiving medication interventions are exposed to potential harm as well as benefits. Benefits are effective management of the illness/disease, slowed progression of the disease, and improved patient outcomes with few if any errors. Harm from medications can arise from unintended consequences as well as medication error (wrong medication, wrong time, wrong dose, etc.). With inadequate nursing education about patient safety and quality, excessive workloads, staffing inadequacies, fatigue, illegible provider handwriting, flawed dispensing systems, and problems with the labeling of drugs, nurses are continually challenged to ensure that their patients receive the right medication at the right time. The purpose is to review the researches regarding medication safety in relation to nursing care.
Biography: Fatima Yousef Ali Ghethan has completed her Master degree in pharmacology in the University of Jordan and she is currently working as Head of Quality and Medication safety unit, King Abdullah Medical City. She is also a Certified Medication Safety Officer from AIHQ USA, Certified key Performance Indicator Professional From KPI Institute Australia and received certificate for Patient Safety Program from John’s Hopkins, UK.