This Course provides an update on medication administration and calculations, as well as a reminder for all healthcare professionals on how we can avoid making medication errors and potentially causing adverse patient outcomes.
IdentifyIdentify the potential risks associated with medication errors in order to prevent adverse events
ImproveImprove patient safety by applying relevant rules and strategies to reduce the potential for medication errors
CalculateCalculate medicine doses accurately to ensure safe administration of medications in clinical practice
Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner working in the Emergency Department at Modbury Public Hospital in South Australia. In this role, she works in a “see and treat” model of care and also works with the Rapid Assessment Team, where she is required to fulfil both clinical and educational duties. Tracy has experience as a Practice Nurse and has held other management positions including Acting Quality and Clinical Risk Manager. Tracy is particularly interested in vascular health and has run several extra vocational programs focused on prevention of cardiovascular disease. Tracy was a finalist in the Future Leader category, South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards 2011, and won a South Australian Premiers Travelling Scholarship in 2011/12.
- The extent of medication-related problems
- Strategies for improving medication safety and administration
- Medication calculations
Registered nurses, registered midwives, and all other health professionals who administer medications to patients on a daily basis.
Identify factors that may contribute to medication errors, in order to reduce the incidence of these errors and ensure that adverse and unwanted effects to patients are minimised.
Medications are the most common treatment used in healthcare, and contribute to significant improvements in health when used appropriately. However, medicine use can also be associated with harm, and the common use of medicines means they are associated with more errors and adverse events than any other aspect of health care. The clinical administration error rate of medications (e.g. omission of therapy, wrong dose etc.) is as high as 18%, accounting for approximately 230,000 cases of hospital admissions each year in Australia. The prevalence of medication errors is of particular concern, because the majority of these errors are preventable.
Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.