Rasmussen College System | Pharmacology | Rasmussen College System
In any setting of healthcare, a culture and an environment that promotes safety in medication preparation and administration is a must. It is important to emphasize the importance of correct procedures, accuracy, accountability, and communication in order to ensure patient safety. In order to protect patient safety, it is important that healthcare professionals are knowledgeable in the field of medication therapy. Staff members are required to adhere to high ethical standards in the preparation and administration of medications.
Healthcare professionals must have an accurate understanding of measurement techniques, since most doses are measured in milliliters and milligrams. It’s also important for them to understand the indications for medications so they can properly provide appropriate treatments to patients that are consistent with their care plan goals. They must also know how to safely store medication and follow all precautions before giving it out.
Healthcare staff should double-check all orders before delivering drugs. They must avoid mistakes such as the wrong dosage or ingredients, which can compromise patient safety and quality of care. Regular quality assurance should monitor compliance with the protocols set out by federal regulations like HIPAA.
In addition, there needs to be open communication between clinicians regarding medication related topics so everyone involved in the process is aware of what’s happening at all times during preparation/administration phases; this will help reduce risk factors associated with drug errors due improper labeling/storage or incorrect dosage amounts being given out by mistake. Lastly, it’s important for pharmacies/hospitals/clinics maintain adequate supplies of drugs on hand so staff members do not substitute inappropriate medications that may cause harm instead of helping patients heal from illness/disease conditions more quickly.