Safety risks | Pharmacology | Rasmussen College System
A culture and environment of safety for medication preparation and administration should be a priority in any healthcare setting. The environment should promote patient safety by emphasizing the importance of proper procedures, accuracy, communication, and accountability. Healthcare professionals should be knowledgeable about medication therapy to ensure patient safety is not compromised. All staff members must adhere to ethical standards when preparing and administering medications.
It is essential that healthcare professionals have a clear understanding of accurate measurement techniques since doses are typically measured in milliliters or milligrams. It’s also important for them to understand the indications for medications so they can properly provide appropriate treatments to patients that are consistent with their care plan goals. Furthermore, they must know how to store medications safely and take all necessary precautions when giving them out.
It is also imperative that healthcare staff double-check orders before administering drugs to ensure accuracy while avoiding errors such as wrong ingredients or dosages which could compromise quality care as well as patient safety outcomes. Quality assurance processes should be implemented regularly to monitor adherence with protocols set forth by federal regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act).
In addition, there needs to be open communication between clinicians regarding medication related topics so everyone involved in the process is aware of what’s happening at all times during preparation/administration phases; this will help reduce risk factors associated with drug errors due improper labeling/storage or incorrect dosage amounts being given out by mistake. Lastly, it’s important for pharmacies/hospitals/clinics maintain adequate supplies of drugs on hand so staff members do not substitute inappropriate medications that may cause harm instead of helping patients heal from illness/disease conditions more quickly.