Mistakes involving medications are among the most common health care errors. Medication errors lengthen hospital stays, increase inpatient expenses and lead to more than 7,000 deaths annually in the United States. Each error costs an estimated $2,000 to $8,750. An error can happen in the home or a health care facility. This article focuses on errors in hospitals. The goal of this course is to provide nurses with information on how to prevent high-alert medication (HAM) errors, especially those associated with insulin, anticoagulants, opioids and sedatives.
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Pamela Anderson, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN
Anderson is a nurse practitioner for the peripheral vascular surgeons of St. Vincent Physician Network in Indianapolis, IN.
Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN-CMC, CVRN-BC
Townsend is a medical-surgical staff educator for Community Hospital Anderson in Anderson, IN.
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