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DRUG, HEALTHCARE AND PATIENT SAFETYKyles 1Drug, Healthcare and Patient SafetyHCA 320-01 Healthcare Service Management Dr. Irish Patrick-WilliamsTaylor C. KylesJackson State UniversityCollege of Public ServiceSchool of Health Sciences
DRUG, HEALTHCARE AND PATIENT SAFETYKyles 2Drug and patient safety is such an important part of our health care system and it helps define quality health care. Keeping our patients safe is a challenging issue because errors and mistakes can and do happen. When a planned sequence of mental and physical activities fail to achieve the intended outcome and when this failure cannot be attributed to some chance intervention or occurrence. According to the Institute of Medicine, medical error resulted in as many as 98,000 preventable deaths per year; twice the rate of traffic fatalities and the estimated cost in the United States could be almost 29 billion dollars. Someone has to ensure operational systems and methods are put in place to help reduce the likelihood that errors will occur, but whois responsible for taking these proper measurers? Is it society, patients themselves, physicians, nurses, nursing professors, administrators, researchers, or professional associations? In the long run, all of these entities are responsible for making sure the patient has the safest possible outcome. This is a nationwide and worldwide issue that will never be completely resolved because error is always prone to happen. Nurses need to make sure they are taking all appropriate actions to limit the amount of mistakes that will put our patients at risk. Nursing definitely plays a huge part in patient safety. Nurses are directly in the core of patient care and can be caught in the middle of either witnessing medical error or being liable for a situation. Harming individuals who seek care and compassion is the last thing nurses intend to happen. Thenursing shortage can take some responsibility for endangering the quality of care. When nurses are spread too thin, patients do not receive the adequate care they need and dangers are more likely to arise. In most health care settings, nursing care is utilized more often than medical care. Many drugs that are used to treat children are either not licensed for use in patients or prescribed outside the terms of the product license. The incidence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) associated with the use of such drugs is yet to be established. As we all go through the various
DRUG, HEALTHCARE AND PATIENT SAFETYKyles 3aspects of life we will each need healthcare assistance at least once, whether it be through drugs, basic healthcare, or safety if hospitalized.At least 1.5 million people are harmed every year from medication errors. One issue that healthcare facilities deal with is drug and patient safety. When you think of safety you typically think of the basics of washing your hands, putting out wet floor sign when spills occur, and keeping trash and trip hazards out of the way from where people walk. There is also a lot of