New Research Study Of Nurses Reveal Sources Of Injectable Medication Errors
A new research of 1,039 nurses across the United States performed by The American Nurses Association (ANA) and sponsored by ANA and Inviro Medical Devices has the following clear message: most injectable medication errors at medical facilities arise from the trouble of reviewing the rank marks on syringes.
Why? Because the syringes are generally labeled with improvisated techniques that cover the rank markings on the barrel of the syringe. There is plenty room for error there.
Sixty 5 percent of the nurses surveyed have actually mentioned tags that cover the syringe barrels and also thus make it hard to review the volume markings as a major issue in providing appropriate amount of drug.
Thirty 9 percent stated a label makes it tough for the nurses to compare the syringe dose to the one defined in the doctor’s order.
And when the syringes are not also identified in all (over one-quarter of all cases) after that there is of course the extra threat of providing the wrong medicine as well.
This leads to yet one more important concern which the survey resolved thoroughly: why do the tireless and well-qualified nurses in our health centers resort to such makeshift procedures?
The responses once more are not a surprise to skilled veterans of the wellness care system:
* 78% claimed they were “as well hurried” during their shifts which there was insufficient help to care for the tasks at a slower pace.
* 68% stated “poor, unintelligible handwriting” added to injectable drug mistakes.
* 62% claimed missing the medical professional’s orders, or “incorrect orders” by the doctors themselves added to the mistakes.
* 60 % stated “dealing with way too many medications” was a major mistake element.
* 56% discussed “similar medication names or drug appearance” as the culprit.
It mosts likely to show that better and also proper interaction and also syringe-label style are not high-ends but urgent necessities in our health treatment system.
Because the syringes are normally labeled with improvisated techniques that cover the rank markings on the barrel of the syringe. There is plenty space for mistake there.