Interventions to Address Medication Safety in the ICU

The prevalence, outcomes and risk factors for medication errors, with interventions to reduce

The lecture duration is 12min.

0.25 CPD Points, 0.25 CEUs, 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
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Elizabeth Manias
Professor of Nursing, Deakin University, Australia
Lecture Summary

This talk examines the prevalence of medication errors in diverse areas of intensive care and the outcomes associated with medication errors occurring in intensive care. Consideration is given to various interventions that have been shown to impact on reducing medication errors. These interventions include interprofessional communication, computerised provider order entry, communication about sound-alike and look-alike medications, smart pumps to titrate doses, tools to titrate and evaluate the effects of medications, patient and family involvement, and direct observation and feedback. The use of diverse approaches helps to address this very complex problem of reducing medication errors.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence of medication errors in diverse intensive care settings
  • Understand the key outcomes associated with medication errors in intensive care
  • Explain the interventions that can be used to reduce medication errors in intensive care
  • Consider practical implications of how various interventions can be utilised in intensive care environments
Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

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