Reducing Medication Errors: Strategies for Delivering Safer Patient Care and Minimizing Your Liability
Medication errors can harm patients and create liability exposure for healthcare providers. Medication error was the fifth most frequent allegation in NORCAL Group claims closed over a five-year period.* Issues arising in such claims include failure to instruct patients regarding medication; failure to confirm appropriate dosages; failure to manage dose changes; negligent administration of medication; and problems with prescription transmission.
Factors that contribute to medication errors include comorbid conditions that require multiple medications; lack of or inconsistent systems to ensure correct patient, drug, dose, route, and time; poor communication, follow-up, and monitoring; and inadequate documentation. By proactively applying risk management strategies, clinicians can treat their patients more safely and effectively, while minimizing liability associated with medication management.
4pm Pacific | 5pm Mountain | 6pm Central | 7pm Eastern
(Open to All Audiences)
NORCAL CME - 1 Hour
This activity has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™