Preventing Medication Errors. The Center For Life Enrichment October 2009. The Problem. Medication errors can occur: between brand names, generic names, and brand- to- generic names like Toradol and tramadol .
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Medication errors can occur:
Several errors have occurred involving mix-ups with the oral diabetes drug Avandia and the anticoagulant Coumadin. Although they don’t look similar when typed or printed, the names have been confused with each other when poorly written in cursive. The first letter “A” in Avandia, if nor fully formed, can look like a “C”, and the final “a” has appeared to be an “n”.
Another example is, the abbreviation “D/C” means both “discharge” and “discontinue”. The National Coordination Council for Medication Errors Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP) notes that patients’ medications have been stopped prematurely when D/C- indented to mean discharged was misinterpreted as discontinue because it was followed by a list of drugs.
MAR stands for Medication Administering Record
It is a record of medications given daily to a client for any reason.
This kindly reminder is in the nurse’s office located by the sign off board and will help you fill out the MAR.
48,000 to 98,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical error
CMT’s will be written up for the following offences. After 3 offences the CMT will be suspended from giving meds until a review is scheduled.
Guidelines for Drug Disposal