Case Study Of Carna's Medication Administration

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Administering medications to patients is a daily task performed by almost all nurses. In the Bachelor of Nursing curriculum, the 7 rights and 3 checks of medication administration is taught, practiced and performed by all nursing students to ensure proper habits are developed. The problem occurs when health care providers are no longer under supervision of an instructor, and short cuts are acquired. These short cuts, although time saving, ultimately cause more complications for the patient and the health care system. As a group, we have found that CARNA’s Medication Administration Guideline (2016) is not being implemented or enforced as it should to prevent medication errors. One area we noticed to be the most concerning was the storage and handling of medications. …show more content…
Our two strategies for implementing this guideline are feasible which is appealing to our stakeholders. This unit already has approximately 15 WOWs. Each nurse has the luxury of having their own workstation to hold all of their patient’s medications. The stakeholders do not have to budget for additional resources to implement this strategy making it very practical and achievable. As for the in-service, the clinical nurse educator and unit managers would be involved in creating an engaging seminar and the fund they would require should be minimal, including pay for presenters, printing cost and snacks for participants. Lastly, Aspden, Wolcott, Bootman and Cronenwett (2006) found “in the USA, medication administration error occurs in 5 to 20 % of all drug administrations, costing the healthcare system an extra $380 million, and estimated to harm at least 1.5 million patients per year, with about 400,000 preventable adverse events.” (as cited in Feleke, Mulatu & Yesmaw, 2015, p.2.). The burden medication errors places on the health care system makes the implementation of this guideline

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