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Running head: APPLYING RESEARCH SKILLS 1 Applying Research Skills Shaina R. Mikel Capella University Developing a Health Care Perspective August 2020
APPLYING RESEARCH SKILLS 2 Applying Research Skills Medication errors with pediatrics at home and in the hospital setting, happen too frequently. Technology has come very far with aiding in medication error prevention, but it still has room for improvement. As professionals we have a position and a right to speak up for change. We also have a right to seek out strategies to assist in reducing errors in the hospital setting and with parents at home. Being in the medical field and working on a surgical pediatric floor I see errors that occur more than I would like to. As a mom I have experienced firsthand medical errors that occurred with my own child in a hospital setting. I have also discovered medications that was wrongfully prescribed to my child based on his weight. These errors were life threatening to my son. A narcotic called Morphine was given to my son while he was hospitalized. Thankfully I advocated for my son and asked to have a pulse oximeter machine hooked up to him. The nurse insisted that he would be fine but clearly, he wasn’t. The nurse that was giving the medication miscalculated the amount to give him and dosed him a little higher than she should have. Due to this error my son went into respiratory distress. His oxygen saturation levels dropped to 52% at one point. After two breathing treatments and some medication to help him sleep his oxygen saturation finally came up and he became stable. Sometimes as nurses it is extremely important to listen to the gut feelings of parents, they know the situation better than us sometimes. Medication errors do happen, and I can understand that everybody is human, but they can be life threatening. Identifying Academic Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles Capella University has a Library that was utilized to search through peer-reviewed articles that were related to medication errors. Since I wanted to access pediatric errors more specifically, I use the search engine named Summon for topics such as pediatric medication
APPLYING RESEARCH SKILLS 3 errors in hospital and outpatient, pediatric tools for medication calculation, pediatric medication administration, and pediatric medication safety. I made sure to find articles that were peer- reviewed and within the last 5 years.

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