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Shield-U Course | Preventing Medication Errors: Basic Safety Practices

Sarah McIlvaine
Author | Shield HealthCare
08/16/16  9:06 AM PST
Medication Errors

This free course has already taken place. Contact your local Shield HealthCare representative about scheduling this course as an in-service in your facility.

Learn more about this month’s NEW free course here!


*This course offers 0.5 contact hour of free continuing nursing education credit.

Medication errors are very common and potentially deadly errors can occur anywhere along the path- from the time of prescription writing, to the healthcare provider who administers it, to the patient. There are 12 points in the medication process where errors can occur. Learn the types of errors to avoid, as well as the 8 “rights” of medication administration in this 30-minute course.

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Course Summary

This free online course shares the most common medication errors to avoid, and best practices for preventing such errors:

  • Identify the different types of medication errors that can occur.
  • Understand the events that can occur as a result of various drug-related errors.
  • Define the eight “rights” of safe medication administration to help prevent medication errors.

This course provides 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education.

Objectives

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify various types medication errors including prescribing errors, omission errors, wrong time, wrong dose, wrong administration method, unauthorized drug use, errors of fragmented care, drug deterioration, errors of monitoring, and errors of compliance.
  • Identify the different types of medication errors that can occur.
  • Understand the events that can occur as a result of various drug-related errors.
  • Define the eight “rights” of safe medication administration to help prevent medication errors.

Who Should Take this Course

We encourage all healthcare professionals, caregivers, and patients who prescribe, administer, or take medication to take this course, including:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Professional caregivers
  • Family caregivers
  • Individuals/Patients
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice agencies
  • Assisted living facilities

How to Take This Course

Click on the button below to create an account at www.medcomrn.com/shieldhealthcare. If you are a returning user, use your previous login and password to access the course. After you log in, you will see the course listed in the center of the page. Click on the course link to begin. You can watch the whole video at once by clicking on an icon in the middle of the screen, or take the course chapter by chapter using the left-hand navigation.

You may take the course test and receive your CE credit certificate immediately after completing the video presentation. Once you’ve created an account, you can use that login to take all other Shield-U courses that will be released this year! A history of completed courses will be kept for your convenience in your account.

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Continuing Education Credit

0.5 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit is provided by Medcom/Trainex, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation*, the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider # FBN2818).

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