Mike...." an honest mistake " what is this ? and how does it differ from just a mistake ?
As some of you have said,there can be " system failures " the couple of you that want to spend time arguing about sod all,get a grip.
Drug labels,yep,they're there for us to read,with our eyes so we DONT get muddled up! The manufactures probably thing that the person opening the vial is a trained professional so simply having different writing on them should really be enough.You should all look at James Reasons research on human error,especially the bit about putting the cat food in the teapot.Human error exists and we can do anything about it.Thick stupid people exist and we need to get them off the pay role in our hospitals !
We have a real issue with death in our society,especially,it seems,the nursing staff who are meant to be looking after someone in their last days on earth ! We faff about trying to avoid saying dead ,death,died,dying.I have had many conversations on the subject and the people who I have had this conversation with are now dead and interestingly THEY new that death was inevitable because as humans we are ALL aware that death follows life and when life gets too hard due to old age and general deterioration of our bodies,its just a matter of time.My job is to make sure they don't get sent to a busy A&E to die there and to stay where they are with analgesia,a warm hand to hold and the taste of their favorite tipple on their lips.
More and more it seems that we are having to have lessons on how to be a human being with a place in society,whats happened !!!!!!! I have no problems saying " Oh,Im sorry that I didnt do XXXX or Im sorry that you feel youve had a rough deal" whats the matter with people ! Im getting more and more worried that the people who have chosen to be nurses are only satisfied when they have someone to hide behind.Its a job that has always carried loads of responsibility but not many seem to want to take responsibility,what a terrible state we are in.I have always thought we should keep our NHS but now I am beginning to wonder !