Washington Patient Safety and Medication Errors


About the Course

Learning objectives

  • Describe the significance of the Institute of Medicine's 1999 and 2006 report on medication errors.
  • Define and distinguish between the following terms: safe medication, drug safety, quality issues, medication errors and adverse drug events.
  • List each of the governing bodies involved in medication safety (FDA, AHRQ, IOM, USP, NCC, ISMP, JCAHO).
  • Identify the types of medication errors made by pharmacists.
  • Discuss additional reasons that pharmacists may cause a medication error, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Identify the ways a patient may be responsible for initiating a medication error.
  • Discuss the format for reporting a medication error.
  • Identify ways to promote medication safety for patients.
  • Identify the six medication "rights" to improve patient safety.
  • Discuss recommendations to improve patient safety during the distribution phase of drug administration.
  • Identify the consumer's role in improving medication safety.

About the Author

Bradley Gillespie, Pharm.D.

Bradley Gillespie, Pharm.D. is a clinical pharmacist who has practiced in an industrial setting for over 20 years. He served as a clinical and a biopharmaceutics reviewer at the Food & Drug Administration, as well as led early development programs within the pharma/biotech/nutritional industries. He has a special interest in supporting drug development efforts for rare and neglected diseases. In addition to his industrial focus, he operates a medical writing business with a focus on developing interesting and thought-provoking pharmacist and pharmacy technician continuing education programs. He remains a registered pharmacist.

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