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Nurs 6521 WK2 Discuss Ethical and Legal Implication Medication errors have been an issue in healthcare whether with the provider, nurse, or pharmacist. According to Anderson (2010) medication errors causes injury to 1.5 million Americans each year and cost $3.5 billion in lost productivity, wages, and additional medical expenses. Medication error deaths ranked higher than motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS mortality, especially dosage errors are particularly common in pediatric patients (Merry & Anderson 2011). Scenario 1 As a nurse practitioner, you prescribe medications for your patients. You make an error when prescribing medication to a 5-year-old patient. Rather than dosing him appropriately, you prescribe a dose suitable for an adult. As a provider, it is essential to report such an error to prevents medication error and any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm. It does not matter if the patient did not receive the medication yet, it would be the ethical thing to
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