Medication Errors: A Case-Based Review

Author(s): Marianne Pop, PharmD, BCPS, Mary Finocchi, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Jan 01, 2019

Topics: Medication Management, Patient Safety

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Every day, nurses are inundated with alerts warning of potential medication errors via system safeguards. Even though error-reduction systems are in place, human errors still occur. Clinicians learn of medication errors and attempt to identify gaps in the medication administration system, but they rarely have the opportunity to delve into the root of the error. Nurses rightfully question how errors occur and how they can be prevented. Because of this, clinicians need to develop the skills necessary to recognize and reduce the risk of errors and to better identify errors before they reach the patient. This column provides an overview of medication errors and case reviews, followed by a discussion of relevant strategies for preventing medication errors.


  • Define medication errors and how they occur.
  • Identify technology used to reduce medication errors.
  • Examine nursing strategies for avoiding medication errors.

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