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methods of preventing medical errors

failure mode and effects analysis FMEA- focuses on finding flaws within a system that create opportunities for individual to make errors.a systematic evaluation of a process or system used to predict the opportunity for and severity of errors at various steps in the process
systems designed to prevent medication errors adhere to legal requirements and include licensed personnel policies and procedures multiple check systems standardized order forms and checklists and quality assurance activites and montoring systems. outpatient setting is patient counseling
legal requirements pharmacy laws are designed to protect the public by ensuring that a knowledgeable individual double checks the results of the prescribing process and oversees the use of medications
policies and procedures technicians should be familiar with the workplace's policies and procedures
multiple check systems pharmacist reviewing a physican order a pharmacy technician preparing a medication for the pharmacist to check a nurse inspecting the dose from the pharmacy a patient asking questions and examining the medication before taking it.
standardized order forms by making medication orders easier for the prescriber to read and easier for the pharmacist and nurse to interpret.
education and training training can include pharmacy calculations compounding techniques pharmacy abbreviatioins preparation of IV medications and computer skills
computerization and automation using bar coding automated dispensing cabinets and reduces the number of health care personnel who handle the medication which can in turn reduce the risk for human error
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