Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2015

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

In a 72-bed for-profit long-term acute care hospital located in an urban setting, there has been a fifteen percent increase of medication errors that the pharmacy department has detected across nursing, and pharmacy departments, as well as with physicians from both day and night shifts. Over the last month there has been a total of twenty-eight medication errors including the transcription, administration, evaluation, and documentation processes. The microsystem consists of a telemetry/medical-surgical unit as well as a small intensive care unit consisting of ten beds.

The prospectus details a project implemented to reduce medication errors within the microsystem. The steps for implementation include replenishing/repairing machines for pre-administration assessments such as patient’s vitals, updating policies and procedures in relation to medication administration, implementing super users and providing education for electronic medication administration record (EMAR) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) use. The project is currently in progress and is projected to be completed by August.

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