Medication Errors And Prevention Strategies
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Release Date: September 1, 2011
Expiration Date: September 1, 2014
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.
successful completion of this activity, the pharmacist should be able
- Identify contributing factors to
medication errors in the community
- Identify types of environmental improvements
that may reduce the rate of medication errors.
- Discuss the roles of medication therapy management
services, patient counseling, and health
literacy in the reduction of medication errors.
- Educate patients on their role in error prevention.
- Identify resources available to pharmacists
and patients regarding the identification and
prevention of medication errors.
target audience for this activity is Pharmacists.
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
is no fee for this activity.
NCPA 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.
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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
Approval of credit for this continuing education
activity does not imply endorsement by NCPA of any product or
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.