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Medication Safety I

Each year, approximately 1.5 million patients are harmed by medication errors. These preventable drug mistakes occur:

  • In hospitals
  • Long-term care settings
  • Outpatient clinics

While the estimates of prevalence are variable, one frequently cited study estimated that every year, over 7,000 people in the United States die from medication errors. Regardless of the numbers, statistics on such errors are alarming because most medication errors are preventable.

This course will help you:

  • Improve drug safety in your facility
  • 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 that will provide optimum patient care.
  • Discuss methods for improving drug safety that will promote positive outcomes.
  • Explain how to reconcile medications across a patient's continuum of care.