Services on Demand
Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0034-7167
OLIVEIRA, Regina Célia de; CAMARGO, Ana Elisa Bauer de and CASSIANI, Sílvia Helena De Bortoli. Strategies for prevention of medication errors in emergengy services. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2005, vol.58, n.4, pp. 399-404. ISSN 0034-7167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71672005000400004.
This study identified situations indicating medication errors or near misses by analyzing medication orders and the nursing staff's performance. It also implemented a cycle of lectures and a course on safety in medication administration for professionals at the emergency room in a hospital in the northeastern region of Brazil. The results showed that of 1,585 orders under analysis, 83,9% did not clearly express the medication presentation and 84.6% did not define the dosage from prescribed medication, in 34.2%, the administration time was unchecked; in 22.5%, the time had been circled. Among the non-administered medication, 26% were antibiotics and anticoagulants and 15% analgesics. The professionals participated in the implemented strategies with good attendance levels.
Keywords : Emergency service, hospital; Medication errors; Medication [Prevention & control].