Causes of Medication Administration Errors in Hospitals: a Systematic Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence

Source:  Drug Safety vol/iss 36/11 pp. 1045-1067

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Date of publication:  November 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The causes of medication administration errors in hospital were examined in this article. Medication lapses were the most commonly reported medication administration errors, followed by mistakes-based on inaccurate knowledge or deliberate violations. Factors potentially leading to medication administration errors included inadequate written communication, problems with medicines supply and storage such as pharmacy dispensing errors and ward stock management, perceived high workload, problems with access to or functioning of ward equipment, patient availability or acuity, fatigue or stress amongst professionals and distractions during drug administration. Medication administration errors are influenced by multiple systems factors so managers and clinicians need to take a system-wide approach to minimise errors.

Length of Publication:  23 pages

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