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 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.
This course would be excellent for survey readiness review or for facilities that have received F-tags regarding medication administration, and serves as “Plan of Correction” directed education.
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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
Chapter 1: Prevalence
Chapter 2: Origination
Chapter 3: Causes
Chapter 4: The Nurse and Certified Medication Aides Role in Prevention
Chapter 5: Best Practice in Medication Preparation and the Medication Pass
Chapter 6: Recommended Procedures for Medication Administration
Chapter 7: CMS Guidelines and Medication Error Rates
Chapter 8: Reporting