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Chapter 17

Key terms

TermDefinition
Compliance error An error occurring when patients do not follow their dosing regiment
Deteriorated drug error Use of an expired medication or one whos properties have been compromised
Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) A process that evaluates where errors might occur and estimates their potential impact
High alert medication Medications that have a high risk of causing patient harm when used in error
Improper dose error A dose the is greater than or less than that ordered by the prescriber
medication error Any error occurring in the medication process
Medication misadventure A general term describing drug related-incidents
Monitoring error Failure to review a medication order or associated clinical laboratory values
Omission error A scheduled dose that is omitted entirely
Prescribing error Error occurring during the prescribing process
Root cause analysis (RCA) A process for retrospectively analyzing an error
Unauthorized drug error An error occurring when a drug given to or taken by a patient was not ordered by an authorized prescriber
Wrong administration technique error An error occurring when a drug given to or taken by the wrong route or the use of an improper procedure
Wrong dosage for error Use of the incorrect medication dosage form
Wrong time error Administration of a medication dose outside of an established scheduled time
Created by: Samanthiadenney