Tracy Edwards
12 Jul 2016

Medication Errors

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.


Identify the potential risks associated with medication errors in order to prevent adverse events


Improve patient safety by applying relevant rules and strategies to reduce the potential for medication errors


Calculate medicine doses accurately to ensure safe administration of medications in clinical practice


Tracy Edwards

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.


Brynie Riky22 Aug 2018
A great refresher resource.

Ruth Spencer07 Aug 2018
Engaging and thorough presentation.

Elizabeth Jane Abbott24 Jul 2018
Very good.

Carmen Houston30 Jun 2018
informative tutorial and easy to follow

Wendy Somers26 Jun 2018
Excellent presentation - knowledgeable and information presented in an interesting manner.

Roger Horsley25 Jun 2018
Good refresher

Avelina Go Chow06 Jun 2018
Great refresher for nurses and others

Narelle Odwyer30 May 2018
informative vla.

Aju Stephen Antony27 May 2018

Amrita Banstola26 May 2018

Phoebe tsourdalakis26 May 2018
good reinforment

Kerrie Myhill26 May 2018
Reinforced knowledge learned during theory training.

Ruth Curtis25 May 2018
Worthwhile and essential for all nurses to know.

Mi Park24 May 2018
very useful. thank you

Sandeep Kaur21 May 2018
Very informative

Harsimrat Kaur18 May 2018
Good source of learning

James Cooke15 May 2018
Excellent seminar and educational tool.

natalie Mielczarek10 May 2018

Joungsim BAE02 May 2018

emma weick24 Apr 2018
very helpful

Bimaldeep Sidhu24 Apr 2018
very engaging and educating.

alisdair Mackenzie19 Apr 2018


XIAO YANG15 Apr 2018

Rachel Shakespeare14 Apr 2018

skye haynes11 Apr 2018

Christine Hulands11 Apr 2018
Very interesting and informative presentation. Recommend to colleagues.

Cindy Barkhuizen08 Apr 2018

Amanda kylstra27 Mar 2018
a great learning tool for all nurses

Nicole Ferreira22 Mar 2018
This is a great resource of information that as nurse we may forget and need to be reminded of the importance of giving out medications and what sort of outcome that may happen if done incorrectly.

Jeanie Kay Buchanan27 Feb 2018
Very good review of medications and formulas for administrating them properly

daniel kan24 Feb 2018
good reminder

Christine Knox15 Feb 2018
A great refresher about the medication errors and strategies to reduce the risks.

Jill Milne05 Jan 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals

Melanie Melbourne30 Dec 2017
The information in this resource was useful.

Sue petitt18 Nov 2017
Excellent you can never under estimate the importance of the role you play in providing safe patient outcome you must be diligent at all times

Kasha Wiencierz18 Nov 2017
Great session!

Margaret Jack16 Nov 2017
Good to review this module as it is a high risk area.

Fiona Le Cren16 Nov 2017
This was a great revision for me as an RN and also assists me in my current role as a CNE in Aged Care. Follow the 8 R's is so important.

Ruth Hahlen15 Nov 2017
I recommend this VL as a great refresher.

John Bautista13 Nov 2017
Good topic

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • The extent of medication-related problems
  • Strategies for improving medication safety and administration
  • Medication calculations

Target audience

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.