Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Jennifer Zesati

Abstract

Medication administration error is one of the crucial medical errors that compromises patient safety in hospitals each day. Direct observations were conducted to assess medication administration (MA) accuracy and practices in order to determine the root cause(s) of errors at a community-based, non-profit hospital. Failure to scan patients’ wristbands, to verbally verify patients’ identity with two identifiers, and to verbally verify patients’ allergies, were some practices that were found to lead to medication administration errors. Implementation tools such as an informative video and reminder signage at bedside computers were piloted at the oncology unit of the hospital to improve nursing practice consistency during medication administration.

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