Medication Errors And Prevention Strategies

Medication Errors And Prevention Strategies
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ACPE Universal Program Number: 207-000-11-009-H04-P
Release Date: September 1, 2011
Expiration Date: September 1, 2014

Statement of Need
Medication errors, their causes, and prevention strategies are topics that are on the minds of pharmacists, patients, providers in the health care industry, and payers. In the past, much of the focus has been on errors that occur within the hospital setting. Depending on the particular study, errors have been documented to happen at a rate of anywhere from 1.7 percent to 24 percent, with clinically significant errors reported at 0.1 percent to 1.6 percent, and that in recent years the public and the media have been more aware of errors that happen in the community pharmacy setting. For pharmacists, there are a number of suggestions to help reduce the error rates.

Pharmacists Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this activity, the pharmacist should be able to:

  1. Identify contributing factors to medication errors in the community pharmacy setting.
  2. Identify types of environmental improvements that may reduce the rate of medication errors.
  3. Discuss the roles of medication therapy management services, patient counseling, and health literacy in the reduction of medication errors.
  4. Educate patients on their role in error prevention.
  5. Identify resources available to pharmacists and patients regarding the identification and prevention of medication errors.

Target Audience
The target audience for this activity is Pharmacists.

Instructions for Participation
To receive a certificate of completion that indicates your eligibility for continuing education credit, you must:

  • Review the content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (70% or higher).
  • You will have two (2) opportunities to successfully complete the activity.

Your statement of credit will be issued immediately upon successful completion of the post-test and submission of the evaluation.

There is no fee for this activity.

ACPE logoNCPA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity will provide 2 contact hours (.2 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit under the number 207-000-11-009-H04-P.

Melissa Leedock, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical staff pharmacist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.

Disclosure Declaration
It is the policy of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of their continuing education activities.

The authors, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of accreditation of this continuing education program. Information regarding drugs (e.g., their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions) and drug delivery systems are subject to change, however, and the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosage and potential problems or cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug or using the drug delivery systems.

Approval of credit for this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement by NCPA of any product or manufacturer identified.

Any medications or treatment methods suggested in this CE activity should not be used by the practitioner without evaluation of their patient's condition(s) and possible contraindication(s) or danger(s) of use of any specific medication.

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