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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165730
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Preventing Medication Errors With the Power of Evidence-Based Practice
Author(s):
Sweeney, Carole
Author Details:
Carole Sweeney, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: C_Sweeney@fccc.edu
Abstract:
Oncology nurses play a central role in ensuring that patients receive quality cancer care that includes preventing medication errors. The recent interest in medical errors stimulated by the Institute of Medicine report, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System," estimates that medical errors kill between 44,000 and 98,000 people annually in U.S. hospitals. At a comprehensive cancer center, the Nursing Research Utilization Council (RUC) mission is to provide opportunities for the conduct and use of research that contribute to the scientific basis of cancer nursing practice and to improve patient outcomes. One of the goals of the RUC is to educate nurses in the use of evidence-based research through unit-based projects focusing on medication errors. Using the ONS Position Paper on Prevention and Reporting of Medical Errors as a framework, the following activities were undertaken by members of the RUC to facilitate ongoing education for oncology nurses: 1) published a peer education newsletter analyzing research related to medication errors, 2) developed and circulated a poster on medication errors that included a post-test for staff to complete, 3) participated in an institution wide symposium focusing on the fundamentals of dealing with medical errors, 4) utilized ONS educational activities and offerings addressing medication errors, and 5) confirmed that all medication-related policies and standards of practice are current with research findings. Details of multi-disciplinary hospital wide activities related to processes for identifying and reviewing medication errors in a non-punitive setting, ensuring safety and efficacy of equipment, and systems for analyzing medication errors are ongoing. The post-test results will be used as one mechanism for evaluation of the program. Ongoing evaluation, critical to insuring sustained improvement, is discussed using a standardized performance improvement model (FOCUS-PDCA). The focus on medication errors by the RUC in conjunction with hospital-wide interest has been an important step aimed at helping oncology nurses to understand their pivotal role in the reporting, analyzing, and prevention of medication errors, and safeguarding the outcomes of those entrusted to their care.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePreventing Medication Errors With the Power of Evidence-Based Practiceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Caroleen_US
dc.author.detailsCarole Sweeney, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, email: C_Sweeney@fccc.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165730-
dc.description.abstractOncology nurses play a central role in ensuring that patients receive quality cancer care that includes preventing medication errors. The recent interest in medical errors stimulated by the Institute of Medicine report, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System," estimates that medical errors kill between 44,000 and 98,000 people annually in U.S. hospitals. At a comprehensive cancer center, the Nursing Research Utilization Council (RUC) mission is to provide opportunities for the conduct and use of research that contribute to the scientific basis of cancer nursing practice and to improve patient outcomes. One of the goals of the RUC is to educate nurses in the use of evidence-based research through unit-based projects focusing on medication errors. Using the ONS Position Paper on Prevention and Reporting of Medical Errors as a framework, the following activities were undertaken by members of the RUC to facilitate ongoing education for oncology nurses: 1) published a peer education newsletter analyzing research related to medication errors, 2) developed and circulated a poster on medication errors that included a post-test for staff to complete, 3) participated in an institution wide symposium focusing on the fundamentals of dealing with medical errors, 4) utilized ONS educational activities and offerings addressing medication errors, and 5) confirmed that all medication-related policies and standards of practice are current with research findings. Details of multi-disciplinary hospital wide activities related to processes for identifying and reviewing medication errors in a non-punitive setting, ensuring safety and efficacy of equipment, and systems for analyzing medication errors are ongoing. The post-test results will be used as one mechanism for evaluation of the program. Ongoing evaluation, critical to insuring sustained improvement, is discussed using a standardized performance improvement model (FOCUS-PDCA). The focus on medication errors by the RUC in conjunction with hospital-wide interest has been an important step aimed at helping oncology nurses to understand their pivotal role in the reporting, analyzing, and prevention of medication errors, and safeguarding the outcomes of those entrusted to their care.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:23:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:23:52Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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