There are a number of sources of medication errors as mistakes can happen during any phase of drug therapy. For example, physicians may prescribe an inappropriate drug for the client's condition or may write orders illegibly. Nurses may fail to follow the '5 rights' of drug administration. Pharmacists may erroneously label drug containers. Clients may fail to use a correctly prescribed drug appropriately. Simply put, medication errors can happen during prescribing, dispensing, or administration.
Often during clinicals, nursing students have to provide health teachings on a client's medication regimen so as to reduce the incidence and severity of medication errors. And since Ward Class and Pinoy R.N. recognizes the importance of client teachings in achieving the goals of drug therapy, a 3-part client teaching guide on safe and effective medication use will be included in the Nursing Downloads section of this site.
On a side note, I have completed the following drug studies a day or two ago: esomeprazole magnesium, amlodipine, ibuprofen, and captopril. Pardon the choice of drugs as I honestly did these drug studies for my personal consumption ( I don't think student nurses need much help on drug studies anyway). Not that I am hypertensive or experiencing symptoms of GERD but as the ONLY nurse in the family, I have to keep track of medications family members are currently taking. But... I have to own up to ibuprofen, though. Just check out the drug studies, if you please.
Health Teaching Guide: Prescription Medications (NEW)
Health Teaching Guide: OTC Medications (NEW)
Health Teaching Guide: Herbal and Dietary Supplements (NEW)
Drug Study Downloads: