TRAINING SESSION FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION1Assessment 4: Training Session for Policy ImplementationRyan BaxterCapella UniversityNHS-FP6004 Health Care Law and PolicyJune 7, 2020
TRAINING SESSION FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION2IntroductionThe proposed policy and guidelines to manage medication errors are imperative to qualitypatient care. Medication errors continue to be a concern of health care providers and the public (Rogers, E., Giffin, E., Carnie, W., Melucci, J., & Weber, R., 2017). It is important that employees are continually trained on policies regarding medication administration and potential errors. To successfully implement the policy to manage medication errors, all employees who will enact said policy must be trained on and fully understand the proposed strategies being brought forth within the policy. This training program will educate employees on the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement the policy guidelines. The outlined training program will be initiated within the next new hire orientation for all clinical staff. Policy for Managing Medication ErrorsPolicy Guidelines and StrategiesIn the case a medication error occurs, the procedures to be followed are stated within the policy for managing medication errors. The policy extends to nursing and clinical staff, pharmacy staff, emergency staff, and allied health staff. The policy states that Mercy Medical will implement three strategies to reduce medication errors: creating a medication safety committee, utilizing bar-coded medication administration, and implementing ready-to-use single doses. Implementing these three strategies will highlight areas for improvement, address discrepancies, and reduce the potential for adverse drug events. The medication safety committee will be composed of multidisciplinary staff. The goal ofthe team is to create a just culture within Mercy Medical by reducing medication errors and implementing safety measures. The committee will handle the reporting and documenting of
TRAINING SESSION FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION3medication errors when they occur. Medication errors are serious events and considered never events, which creates fear of reporting within the organization. Most health care workers are silent, instead of admitting their mistake and discussing it openly with peers (Rogers, E. et al, 2017). It is important to eliminate these fears and create an open, safe, and just culture to close the gaps within Mercy Medicals data. Bar-coded medication administration or BCMA pairs implementation of an information technology solution called electronic medication administration record (eMAR) with item-specific identification (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, n.d.). Utilizing this method will assist clinicians in adhering to the five rights- right patient, right dose, right route, right time,and right medication. When administering the medication, the clinician will scan the medicationsbarcode and the patients barcode on their wristband to link the medication to the patients record.