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Reducing medication errors

19 November 2014

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Most nurses are involved in medicines management, which is integral to promoting patient safety. Medicines management is prone to errors, which depending on the...

Effects of interruptions to nurses during medication administration

03 February 2010

Nursing Management

Feature

Medication errors can occur at any stage of the medication process including prescribing, dispensing, preparation, administration and monitoring (Vincent et al...

The risks of double checking

21 May 2009

Nursing Management

Feature

For many healthcare professionals, particularly nurses, double checking medications is part of the daily routine. However, a study of medication errors and how they...

Medication errors: what hospital reports reveal about staff views

01 March 2013

Nursing Management

Art & Science

Nurses are generally responsible for administering medication to patients and are, therefore, able to monitor or report medication errors. However, nurses can...

Improving blood transfusion: a patient-centred approach

15 March 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

More than three million blood components are transfused every year in the UK, providing life-saving and life-enhancing treatment to thousands of patients (McClelland...

Barriers to accurate drug calculations

22 March 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To examine the drug calculation skills of nursing students. Method A mathematics test and a structured questionnaire were used to determine level of skill and...

Human factors and the death of a child in hospital: a case review

30 March 2016

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Learning from adverse events and errors is important if systems and processes are to be improved and to minimise the likelihood of similar events in the future. This...

Human factors and medication errors: a case study

10 December 2014

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Human beings are error prone. A significant component of human error is flaws inherent in human cognitive processes, which are exacerbated by situations in which the...

How to improve patient care by learning from mistakes

01 February 2013

Emergency Nurse

Art & Science

Mistakes made in healthcare settings and the challenges to staff that arise from them can harm service users, consume time and money, and often receive bad...

An evaluation of an online numeracy assessment tool

06 April 2010

Nursing Standard

Art &science

Aim To evaluate users’ perceptions of an online numeracy assessment tool in terms of improving their numeracy and confidence in mathematical calculation. Method A...