Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 17 | ARTICLE

Title: ATTITUDES OF THE PHARMACY PROFESSIONALS REGARDING MEDICATION ERRORS

Author: Ângelo Jesus (acj@estsp.ipp.pt ), Mafalda Vasconcelos (mafalda_951@hotmail.com), Agostinho Cruz (asc@estsp.ipp.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 17

Abstract:
Teamwork and opportunities to learn from errors are of utmost importance to improve patient safety and the promotion of a true and fair culture in which the reporting of errors and their resolution are encouraged in an responsible but free of guilt environment, leading to improvement of the Quality System. In most cases, error is not a sign of bad professionalism but rather an inevitable accompaniment of the human condition associated to systems that are highly susceptible to error. In this article the authorscarry out a narrative review of medication errors, from the perspective of the Pharmacy Professional, revisiting the topic and discussing the evolution of concepts and taxonomies as well as the primary precipitating causes. Reference is also made to the medication cycle in the hospital and the options developed for error notification.

Keywords: medication errors, prescription, dispensing, administration, notification




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