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Elimination of Medication Injection Errors and Needle-Stick Injury

Errors involving medication administration can be costly, both financially and in human terms. The establishment of a hospital patient safety program that includes medication labeling protocols can help to reduce such errors, which can range from a patient receiving an incorrect dosage of a medication to receiving incorrect medication.

Errors in medication administration are not a minor problem. According to the FDA, "medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States." To help address this issue, The Joint Commission released medication labeling recommendations in 2006. For more information, review The Joint Commission's 2006 Critical Access Hospital and Hospital National Patient Safety Goals, which includes suggestions for how to avoid medication administration errors. This document also features other important goals and requirements for hospital personnel.

The 2007 Study of Medication Injection Errors

According to the 2007 Study of Injectable Medication Errors, an independent nationwide survey of 1,039 nurses conducted by the American Nurses Association, the overwhelming majority of nurses (97 percent) say they "worry" about medication errors.

What contributes to Medication Injection Errors?

When asked to identify the most common factors that contribute to injectable medication errors, 78 percent of nurses surveyed cite their rushed workload and busy environment.

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