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Maintaining and Communicating Accurate Patient Medication Information


Each year, approximately 1.5 million patients are harmed by preventable medication errors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Adverse Drug Events (ADEs) are responsible for 700,000 visits to emergency departments in the United States every year.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) stresses that overall statistics and comparisons among different types of healthcare providers (such as acute care, home care, and outpatient clinics) are not useful because the different reporting systems are all voluntary. Nonetheless, regulatory and research agencies agree that ADEs are among the most common types of medical errors, and are probably even more common in outpatient settings than in hospitals.

Regardless of the numbers, medication errors are alarming because they are largely, as stated above, preventable.

This course will help you:

  • Improve drug safety in your organization
  • Comply with The Joint Commission requirements related to drug safety

You will learn:

  • Common causes of drug errors
  • Methods for avoiding errors, including The Joint Commission requirements

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List The Joint Commission requirements related to drug safety in order to provide optimum patient care.
  • Identify methods for improving drug safety that will promote positive outcomes.
  • Explain how to reconcile medications across a patient's continuum of care.