How nurses arrange their drug trolley appears to have little impact on medication errors, say researches.
A Dutch study, looked at 86 orthopaedic patients and compared the frequency of drug administration errors for two medication cart filling methods, namely arranging drugs by round time or by medication name.
Errors occurred in 170 out of 740 administrations with the round time method and 114 out of 589 administrations for the name method.
- Schimmel AM, et al. The impact of type of manual medication cart filling method on the frequency of medication administration errors: A prospective before and after study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2011; Advance online first.
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