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Preventing High-Alert Medication Errors in Hospital Patients

Regular Price: $20.00
Online CE Expiration: 05/01/2021
1.1 Contact Hours
Presented by Ana

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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$20.00
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$15.00

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Course Details

Overview

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.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. State the scope of the problem of errors associated with HAMs.
  2. Describe risks associated with the following classifications of HAMs: insulin, anticoagulants, opioids and sedatives.
  3. Discuss strategies to prevent errors associated with HAMs.

Location Details

Presented By

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.

CE Statement

The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP6178.

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