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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.

12 Jul 2016

Learning 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



Great refresher for nurses and others -- 06 Jun 2018
informative vla. -- 30 May 2018
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good -- 26 May 2018
good reinforment -- 26 May 2018
Reinforced knowledge learned during theory training. -- 26 May 2018
Worthwhile and essential for all nurses to know. -- 25 May 2018
very useful. thank you -- 24 May 2018
Very informative -- 21 May 2018
Good source of learning -- 18 May 2018
Excellent seminar and educational tool. -- 15 May 2018
great -- 10 May 2018
good -- 02 May 2018
very helpful -- 24 Apr 2018
very engaging and educating. -- 24 Apr 2018
excellent -- 19 Apr 2018
GOOD -- 18 Apr 2018
Great -- 15 Apr 2018
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-- 11 Apr 2018
Very interesting and informative presentation. Recommend to colleagues. -- 11 Apr 2018
great -- 08 Apr 2018
a great learning tool for all nurses -- 27 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. -- 22 Mar 2018
Very good review of medications and formulas for administrating them properly -- 27 Feb 2018
good reminder -- 24 Feb 2018
A great refresher about the medication errors and strategies to reduce the risks. -- 15 Feb 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals -- 05 Jan 2018
The information in this resource was useful. -- 30 Dec 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 -- 18 Nov 2017
Great session! -- 18 Nov 2017
Good to review this module as it is a high risk area. -- 16 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. -- 16 Nov 2017
I recommend this VL as a great refresher. -- 15 Nov 2017
Good topic -- 13 Nov 2017

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.