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A medication error is regarded as

January 23, 2015

  1. malpractice.
  2. purposeful.
  3. negligence.
  4. normal.

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Andy Teh January 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm

The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) defines medication error as follows:

A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer. Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing, order communication, product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature, compounding, dispensing, distribution, administration, education, monitoring, and use.

Therefore, a medication error may be due to one or more of many different etiologies. Without knowing more information, we cannot identify the etiology or etiologies, and cannot attribute the error to malpractice, culpable intention, negligence, etc. In other words, this question is too ambiguous for us to give an appropriate answer, and we do not think that such a question will be a scored question on the CPHQ exam.


EN January 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Thank you so much , but really this question ………i got it from who am study with her……….need more help A or c
There are many types of medication errors with different etiologies

as we know omission or commission
can you do explaination to this …please


Andy Teh January 31, 2015 at 6:14 pm

As explained earlier, we cannot give an appropriate answer for this question.

Error of Commission versus Error of Omission—The JCAHO (2002) definitions still apply:

Error of commission: “An error which occurs as a result of an action taken.” Examples include administration of a medication to the wrong patient (Mrs B instead of Mrs A), at the wrong time (administering levodopa on an empty stomach instead of with a meal), in the wrong dose (Digoxin 625 mcg instead of Digoxin 62.5 mcg), or through an incorrect route (vincristine intrathecally instead of intravenously).

Error of omission: “An error which occurs as a result of an action not taken.” An example of this type of error is a nurse not giving a dose of medication at the prescribed time.


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