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Medication Errors

How do medication errors occur?

Medication errors refer to mistakes that occur while prescribing, dispensing, administering, and monitoring medications. They can happen due to human error, communication breakdowns, system failures, etc., resulting in serious health consequences.

How do prescribing errors occur?

Common prescribing errors include incorrect dosage or frequency, wrong prescription, misinterpretation of handwriting, and using outdated patient information.

How do dispensing errors occur?

Dispensing errors consist of administering incorrect medication or dosage, labeling mistakes on medication containers, and dispensing expired medications.

How do administration errors occur?

Administration errors involve giving the wrong medication, administering medication at the wrong time or route, and inaccurately measuring liquid drugs.

How do monitoring errors occur?

Errors in medication administration can occur due to incorrect recording, failure to document reactions or allergies, inadequate patient education, lack of checks and balances, and staffing shortages.

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