Nurse urges medication error reporting during pandemic

A hospital nurse working in a busy intensive care unit treating about 20 COVID-19 patients daily shared his observations and concerns in a recent interview with the Institute For Safe Medication Practices. In his view, the conditions created by the surge of COVID-19 patients have compounded the risk of medication error. Rather than blaming nurses who report errors, he said, management should support nurses who engage in efforts to minimize risk. The article contains a list of concrete steps hospitals can take to reduce the likelihood of medication errors, especially when intravenous medications are used. (Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare article, 9/10/20)