Medication errors in a swiss cardiovascular surgery department: a cross-sectional study based on a novel medication error report method

Küng, Kaspar; Carrel, Thierry; Wittwer, Brigitte; Engberg, Sandra; Zimmermann, Natalie; Schwendimann, René (2013). Medication errors in a swiss cardiovascular surgery department: a cross-sectional study based on a novel medication error report method. Nursing research and practice, 2013, p. 671820. Cairo (Egypt): Hindawi Publishing Corporation 10.1155/2013/671820

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The purpose of this study was (1) to determine frequency and type of medication errors (MEs), (2) to assess the number of MEs prevented by registered nurses, (3) to assess the consequences of ME for patients, and (4) to compare the number of MEs reported by a newly developed medication error self-reporting tool to the number reported by the traditional incident reporting system. We conducted a cross-sectional study on ME in the Cardiovascular Surgery Department of Bern University Hospital in Switzerland. Eligible registered nurses (n = 119) involving in the medication process were included. Data on ME were collected using an investigator-developed medication error self reporting tool (MESRT) that asked about the occurrence and characteristics of ME. Registered nurses were instructed to complete a MESRT at the end of each shift even if there was no ME. All MESRTs were completed anonymously. During the one-month study period, a total of 987 MESRTs were returned. Of the 987 completed MESRTs, 288 (29%) indicated that there had been an ME. Registered nurses reported preventing 49 (5%) MEs. Overall, eight (2.8%) MEs had patient consequences. The high response rate suggests that this new method may be a very effective approach to detect, report, and describe ME in hospitals.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiovascular Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Carrel, Thierry

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2090-1429

Publisher:

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:39

Last Modified:

16 Dec 2014 11:44

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2013/671820

PubMed ID:

23431431

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.15714

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/15714 (FactScience: 223143)

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