Avoiding Medication Errors Caused by Nurses in the Emergency Department in Saudi Arabia

Authors

  • Yasir Ahmed PCLMA of King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • Alkhuzama Hasson Alhasson Department of pharmacy, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • Waladin Faiz Mahrus Department of pharmacy, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • Talal Marui Asiri Department of Nursing, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • Sara ahmed Alsuwayed Department of pharmacy, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • Alaa Turki Alturki Department of pharmacy, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • Moneerah Mohammed Alzoman Department of pharmacy, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • Kassem Jawad Alobaid Department of pharmacy, King Fahd Medical City, Saudi Arabia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52609/jmlph.v4i1.101

Keywords:

Emergency Department, Medication Errors, Nurses

Abstract

Background: Medication errors are pervasive in healthcare, especially in emergency rooms, with diverse causes that warrant critical investigation due to the potential repercussions for both patients and healthcare providers.

Aim:  This research explores nurses' perspectives on medication errors in the emergency department.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional design involved 96 nurses, using a questionnaire that covered demographic data and nurses' perceptions of error causes, reporting practices, and barriers.

Results: The average age of the nurses who participated in this study was 27.7 ± 3.4 years, with 7.3 ± 1.9 years of experience. Most nurses (87.2%) were women. The majority held bachelor's degrees (88.3%) and worked fixed shifts (54.2%), and 46.8% reported medication errors in the past year, primarily occurring once (69.04%). They reported no complications in 97.5% of errors.

Conclusion:

Common error types included infusion rate errors, double dosing, and medication omission. Although errors are widespread, adverse consequences are infrequent, mainly occurring during prescribing or administration stages. Encouraging disclosure by nurses and fostering positive responses from hospital management are crucial for enhancing patient safety. Awareness of recovery mechanisms informs potential interventions to minimise overall safety. 

Key words: Medication Errors, Emergency Department, Nurses, Understanding, Perception

 

 

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Published

2023-12-25

How to Cite

Ahmed, Y., Alhasson, A. H., Mahrus, W. F. ., Asiri, T. M., Alsuwayed, S. ahmed, Alturki, A. T. ., Alzoman, M. M., & Alobaid, K. J. (2023). Avoiding Medication Errors Caused by Nurses in the Emergency Department in Saudi Arabia. The Journal of Medicine, Law & Public Health, 4(1), 307–311. https://doi.org/10.52609/jmlph.v4i1.101

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