Keywords : A cross-sectional study done between June and September 2019 utilizing a self-administered questionnaire issued to nurses
KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICE OF NURSES REGARDING MEDICATION ERROR REPORTING IN KSA
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2019, Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 305-313
Errors in medication administration are among the most underreported medical mistakes, and this raises alarm bells all around the world. "any avoidable incident that might lead to an incorrect pharmaceutical usage that has the potential of causing damage to the patient" can be regarded as a medication mistake [1-6]. Despite the fact that drugs can be beneficial, they can also be harmful if misused. Several causes, including a lack of performance, a lack of information, slips, and lapses, may be to blame for the harm caused by prescription usage. Mistakes in medication administration can have a significant impact on a patient's health care costs and quality of life, as well as on the health care providers who care for them. It's important to improve knowledge about pharmaceutical mistakes and their repercussions in order to decrease them [7, 8].
Medical mistakes can occur at any point in the process of prescribing or administering a patient's medicine at a hospital. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, prescribing mistakes account for roughly one-fifth of all drug errors in primary care settings (KSA) [1, 9-12]. But the percentage of mistakes that occur at each level is variable .
Nurses have an important role in the safe administration of medications, which includes, but is not limited to, raising awareness of the risks associated with the possibility for medication mistakes. Patient and medication assessment is carried out by nurses, who utilize their expertise and clinical reasoning to ensure that medicine is administered safely .
Numerous hospitals across the world have adopted safety reporting systems (SRS) to document occurrences that may jeopardize patient safety . The system consists of an incident description followed by extensive clinical and patient information. Active learning and better health approaches decrease the rate of unfavorable occurrences, hence eliminating similar errors from occurring in the future. The health care practitioner must understand that drug mistake reporting is not an employer's fault, but rather a systemic failure. When a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare systems is used, errors are rarely the responsibility of a single individual . Despite greater reporting of pharmaceutical mistakes, analysts claim that medication errors remain underreported in practical terms [13, 17, 18]. This study is determined for estimating the level of KAP of nurses towards drug errors reporting.