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Medication Errors In Relation To Education & Years of Nursing Experience

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Author(s): Shweta D Singh | Shahin I Vahora | Killol S Chokshi | Anupsinh J Solanki | Dhagla Ram Chaudhary

Journal: International Journal For Pharmaceutical Research Scholars
ISSN 2277-7873

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 323;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Medication error | Questionnaire | Respondents | Survey

ABSTRACT
Medication error is defined as any preventable event that might cause or lead to an inappropriate use orharming of the patient. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the level ofeducation and medication errors; years of work experience and medication errors. With a betterunderstanding of these relationships, nursing professionals can learn what characteristics tend to make anurse prone to medication errors and can develop methods and procedures to reduce incidence. Thesurvey was conducted in 6 hospitals in Anand city. Approval had been obtained from the hospitalswhere the study was to be conducted. The survey form was divided into 5 different sections. Eachsection comprises of minimum 3 questions which relates to their basic information and their perceptionstowards medication error. The results of the study suggested that there is a direct relationship betweeneducation/experiences and medication errors. The study showed that medication error occurs due to lackof qualified nursing staff. The results showed that medication error were reported due to increaseworkload on nurses because of lack of number of nurses in hospitals.
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