Reducing Medication Errors: A Focus on the Med Pass is organized by Pedagogy Education - Online Continuing Nurse Education. This online continuing nurse education course has been approved for 3.5 CNE Credits.

Recent studies have shed light on the growing problem of medication errors within our healthcare system. It is important that all healthcare providers be familiar with the extent of the problem, both the high error rates and the potentially serious consequences. This knowledge is needed to facilitate active participation in implementing effective strategies and changes in attitudes to decrease these error rates. Errors are, in effect, a breakdown of a system and not the sole responsibility of any one individual. Designed for the licensed nurse and certified medication aide, this course will provide information on the scope of the problem, the cause, and the prevention of medication errors. With a focus on the current best practices of medication preparation and administration and will enhance understanding of the survey process and remedies the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may enforce. The goal is to reduce facility medication error rates in order to provide safe medication administration to residents.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to
• Define a medication erro
• List the stages of the medication use process in which they participat
• Identify 6 medication error causes and contributing factors
• Describe 3 prevention strategies of medication errors
• Accurately calculate medication error rate
• Describe 3 remedies available to the state for penalty of a deficiency
• State the importance of internal and external error reporting


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