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Nurses' perceptions of medication errors and their contributing factors in South Korea



Nurses' perceptions of medication errors and their contributing factors in South Korea



Journal of Nursing Management 19(3): 346-353



The aim of this study was to identify Korean nurses' perceptions of medication errors. Knowing nurses' perceptions of medication errors is important in developing prevention strategies for medication errors. A cross-sectional descriptive survey was conducted. A convenient snowballed sample of 220 nurses from seven hospitals was obtained. Participants were asked to identify contributing factors of medication errors, reporting and strategies to prevent medication errors. A total of 224 of 330 (67.9%) questionnaires were returned. Over half (63.6%) of the participants had been involved in medication errors once or more in the past month. For factors contributing to medication errors, 99 nurses (45.0%) answered 'advanced drug preparation and administration without rechecking'. Only 13.5% of participants informed patients and their families of medication errors and 28.3% of participants submitted an incident report. Medication errors occurred most often during the day-shift. Developing strategies to reduce nurses' fear of punishment and supporting nurses' attitudes in a constructive manner are needed. Effective strategies for nursing are needed, particularly during the day-shift, and during routine medication administration. In addition, non-punitive reporting systems of medication error should be established and patients should be included in reporting.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01249.x


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