Chapter 7. Medication Errors

  1. Philip Jevon RN, BSc(Hons), PGCE Resuscitation Officer Clinical Skills Lead Honorary Clinical Lecturer1,2,
  2. Elizabeth Payne BSc(Hons), MSc, MRPharmS Deputy Director3,
  3. Dan Higgins RGN, ENB 100, ENB 998 Senior Charge Nurse Critical Care Consultant Honorary Lecturer Visiting Clinical Lecturer2,4,5 and
  4. Ruth Endacott RN, DipN(Lond), MA, PhD Professor6,7
  1. Ruth Endacott RN, DipN(Lond), MA, PhD Professor6,7

Published Online: 10 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch7

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses

How to Cite

Endacott, R. (2010) Medication Errors, in Medicines Management: A Guide for Nurses (eds P. Jevon, E. Payne, D. Higgins and R. Endacott), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319750.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Manor Hospital Walsall, UK

  2. 2

    University of Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    Education, Training and Staff Performance, Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

  4. 4

    University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, UK

  5. 5

    Resuscitation Services UK

  6. 6

    University of Plymouth, UK

  7. 7

    La Trobe University, Australia

Author Information

  1. 6

    University of Plymouth, UK

  2. 7

    La Trobe University, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181631

Online ISBN: 9781444319750

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Keywords:

  • medication errors;
  • National Patient Safety Agency [National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA);
  • medication errors and hospital admission or readmission;
  • common types of medication error;
  • omission error;
  • four main errors of commission-in medication management;
  • ‘Swiss cheese model’ of system failure;
  • strategies reducing medication errors;
  • medication errors-complex and often inter-related factors

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Common Types of Medication Error

  • Factors Increasing the Risk of Medication Error

  • Strategies to Reduce Medication Errors

  • Conclusion

  • References