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Student’s NameInstitutional AffiliationDate of SubmissionAbstractChemotherapy medication errors may lead to potentially harmful consequences while most of themcould be preventable. This study aims to determine the incidence and type of drug handling andadministration errors among the nurses and to identify possible contributing factors. From the casestudy provided, it is stated that the patient was wrongfully administered for the chemotherapy drug thatsadly led to the patient dying. Consequently, the report has highlighted the quality assurance facilitationof the clinical amenities, in question that lacked a specific chemotherapy drug needed to beadministrated intravenously instead of the wrongfully administrated intrathecally.IntroductionMedication errors in hospital wards are never-ending problems with frequent occurrence. No singledefinition is available for medication error. This is a reason leading to dissimilar reports on medicationerror rates by various studies. It is also reported that medication errors are the major causes formorbidity and mortality. In the US, for example, it has been estimated that a mortality rate of 180000patients/year is due to medication errors. Drug usage errors are divided into three types includingmedication errors, errors in the process of drug administration and healthcare professional’s knowledgeerrors. A medication error defined as a failure in the treatment process that leads to inappropriate use ofproducts or harm to the patients. In the US, medication errors are known as the most common cause ofdeath in a health care system. Medication errors can occur at any part of the medication managementprocess. This process includes prescribing, dispensing and then administering. Prescribing error may bedefined as an incorrect drug selection for a patient. Dispensing error may occur during prescription todrug delivery to the patients.In a more comprehensive definition, these errors as either acts of commission or omission which mayinclude the followings: wrong drug; wrong route; wrong dose; wrong patient; wrong timing of drugadministration; a contra-indicated drug for that patient; wrong site; wrong dosage form; wrong infusionrate; expired medication date; or prescription error. Wolf emphasizes that such errors can occur in eitheran intentional or an unintentional manner. For that, this report will evaluate the wrongful case ofadministration of a chemotherapy drug, which sadly resulted to a patient dyingIdentify, evaluate and analyze the issues that compromised in this caseThe first issues identified in this case are wrong infusion rate that involves marked inaccuracies rates arecommon. Consequently, they lead to dead of the patient when given using the wrong method. Anotherissues is error linked to the choice of antineoplastic regimen that differentiates antineoplastic regimencompared to the previous cycle or the multidisciplinary medical decision. Another issues identified isdose error that under- or over dosage of more than 5% of antineoplastic drugs calculation mistake or

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