Medical malpractice can take place in any and every healthcare facility by any type of medical personnel, including internists, surgeons, nurses, and support staff. The Institute of Medicine Report (IOM) defines a medical error as “the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim” (1999, p. 1). My essay helps you know the huge effect of medical mistakes due to very significant causes. The main causes for this mistake are miscommunication, handwritten order and psychological human factor. The major effects of medical mistake are lack of trust between patient and physician, leads to death and Loss
Medication administration is the nursing task that carries the highest risk, and the consequences of an error can be calamitous for the patient and the nurse (Evans, 2009). There are six main types of medication error that can occur: prescribing faults, prescription errors, transcription errors, dispensing errors, administration errors and ‘across settings’ (Cheung, Bouvy & De Smet, 2009). According to a study done by (Cheung, Bouvy & De Smet, 2009), out of 106 interviews, the most common cause of medication error were: being busy (21%), being short-staffed (12%), being subject to time constraints (11%), fatigue of healthcare providers (11%), interruptions during dispensing (9.4%) and look-alike/sound-alike medicines (8.5%). On the whole, this essay will look into the management of dispensing medication error with a high alert medication, digoxin and strategies to prevent further incidents. Case scenario (Appendix A) depicted.
Unnecessary exposure to antibiotics affects patients’ health seriously; suffering from serious adverse events with no clinical benefit, prolongation of hospital stay, prolonged treatment with antimicrobials or even the need for further surgical intervention; which causes a considerable burden on patients, health care system and the national resources. (3, 4) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms, which results in nearly 23,000 deaths annually. (4) In 2003,a report from US intensive
INTRODUCTION Medication error occurs frequently in the world. Across Malaysia, 2572 cases of medication errors were reported and it was identified as the main adverse event issue that impacted patient outcomes in 2009 (New Straits Times 16 March 2010, p, 23). According to Fathi et al. (2014) a number of studies have reported the prevalence of medication errors in the ICU, but limited evidence is available regarding the cause(s) of these errors and whether these causes differ from those outside the ICU. Critically ill patients admitted to an ICU experience, on average, 1.7 medical errors each day, and many patients suffer a potentially life-threatening error during their stay (Rothchild et al.
Patient Safety In 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a report citing that medical errors accounted for approximately 98,000 deaths in the United States each year. It was also determined that medical errors have a direct impact on the spiraling cost of healthcare. With this revelation regulatory organizations, insurance companies and government official starting putting protocols and guidelines in place to decrease medical errors and create a culture of quality improvement (McGowan & Healey, 2009). This paper will discuss the impact of medical errors on patient care and the advantages of creating a culture of safety within a healthcare organization. Medical Errors The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined medical errors
Due to his age, the patient’s health was rapidly declining. The physician explained to the client’s family about placing the patient on comfort measures only. After the medical residents notify the family about the order of CMO, the daughter had questions on the procedure of placing her father in comfort measures only. When the nurse checks in with the
We got the letter one day while visiting him. As my father read , my sisters and I watched his face go white. We knew what was written just by his face, but did not want to accept it. As the months went on the cancer crept further and further throughout his body. This is because he had diabetes and many other problems so they could not administer the steroids
At the beginning of the film, “Awakenings,” Dr. Malcolm Sayer, whose original name is Dr. Oliver Sacks, is looking for a job and happens to find one at a hospital to work in the research lab, but finds out that they don’t need him for that, they want him to work with catatonic patients which he thinks will be difficult for him in the long run. He then starts working with patients who suffered from catatonic encephalitis lethargica and tries to figure out why they are the way they are and how to get them to move again and get their motor skills back. The first patient that Dr. Sayer took an interest in was an elderly lady named Lucy, she was like the other patients, she suffered from catatonic encephalitis lethargica. She was “asleep for 26 years, and during those years she didn’t remember, she thought she was still 22 years old. Dr. Sayer saw Lucy walking one day, but would stop every time something was in her way and she kept walking until the pattern on the tiled floor
Each year, over 30,000 people die from lung cancer, particularly those who’re aged 65 or over. Only 6% of lung cancer patients can survive up to 5 years or more after diagnosis. Approximately two-thirds of males are diagnosed with the increased rates of lung cancer. Smoking is the greatest risk factor for lung cancer as it accounts for approximately 94% of the cases. Prostate cancer Worldwide, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and the sixth most common cause of cancer death in males, after lung cancer.
I once was given an order to administer two milligrams (2mg) of Dilaudid along with 30mg of Toradol to a young lady for menstrual cramps. A patient who came in every month for the same issue, menstrual cramps. The same patient who refused the referral to a gynecologist for possible fibroids. I refused to give the medication Dilaudid and told the doctor that. He then canceled the opioid and just ordered the toradol.